Minced Beef Pancakes – In Tomato Sauce

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What a great dinner these Minced Beef Pancakes – In Tomato Sauce makes. The lovely minced beef wrapped up in pancakes and laying in a marinara style sauce. It just couldn’t be better, unless some cheese was on the top too.

So that is exactly what this recipe does. The beauty of the recipe too is that various elements can be made in advance. So let’s look at the components. We have pancakes which can be made in advance. Minced beef, which you can cook in advance. A tomato sauce which, again, you can make beforehand.

Let’s look at each component in turn. The pancakes are so easy to make, and with the addition of dried herbs, are savoury. When making them you can simply layer them with parchment paper and store them until making the dish.

Minced Beef Pancakes in Tomato Sauce

The tomato sauce, similar to marinara sauce is very simple to make too. It consists of crushed and chopped tomatoes, onion, garlic and basil. Once ready it can be put in the fridge until needed.

Again you can prepare the minced beef in advance. Particularly since it needs to be cool before using. With minced beef, bacon, onion, carrot, celery, chopped tomatoes, tomato paste and some stock it makes a perfect filling.

The final component is some cheese to go on the top. That can be grated just as needed.

The dish

For the recipe you can use a 13 inch x 9 inch(33 cm x 23 cm) dish. However, as you will see in the video, a combination of smaller dishes can be used too. I had a 10inch by 8 inch(25cm x 20 cm) dish and then a 6 inch x 4 1/2 inch(15 cm x 12cm) dish to make two smaller versions.

Minced Beef Pancakes in Tomato Sauce

Process for Minced Beef Pancakes – In Tomato Sauce

First you can make the pancakes. Simple mix the ingredients together into a smooth, runny, batter. Leave it to rest for 30 minutes. Then heat a small frying pan(about 7 inch(18cm on the base). Coat the base in butter and pour in about 3 tbsp(45ml) batter. Swirl it around to cover the base and cook for one minute on each side. Transfer to a plate, on parchment paper and continue to make more. Wrap them up and store until needed.

For the tomato sauce simply cook the onions until softened. Fry off the garlic for a minute too. Then put the tomatoes in as well and simmer until the sauce has thickened a little. Add chopped basil next, or save it until assembling the dish, and store until required.

Minced Beef Pancakes in Tomato Sauce

For the minced beef fry the bacon for a couple of minutes, then add the onion and cook gently for 5 more minutes. Add in the carrot and celery for a further 5 minutes with the garlic going in after 3 minutes. Put the minced beef in and break it up, stirring through and cook until it changes colour. Then add the remaining ingredients, season and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated. Set aside to cool.

Assembly & Cooking

When you are ready preheat the oven. Then spread half of the tomato sauce over the base of your pan. Fill the pancakes with two heaped spoons of minced beef and wrap them up. Place the pancakes onto the sauce in the pan, overlapping them a little. Spread the remaining sauce over the pancakes. Add grated cheese on the top.

Put the pan in the oven and cook for 25 to 30 minutes until the sauce is bubbling and dish is hot all through, with the cheese browning on the top. Leave it for a few minutes before serving.

My Minced Beef Pancakes – In Tomato Sauce

Minced Beef Pancakes in Tomato Sauce

As you will see in the video I made two dishes. A small one for me, with 3 filled pancakes, and a larger one with 7 filled pancakes. Both looked great as they came out of the oven. After cooling I cut half of mine and had a taste. It was simply wonderful. So full of flavour, with the rich sauce complementing the filled pancakes, all set off with the cheese as well.

MInced Beef Pancakes – In Tomato Sauce – Video

Another great dish is Chicken Paprikash.

Minced Beef Pancakes – In Tomato Sauce

Recipe by geoffcooCourse: Stove top recipesDifficulty: Medium


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  • Pancakes
  • 120g(2/3 cup+ 2 tbsp, based on scooping packed flour into a 250ml cup) plain flour

  • 300ml(1 1/4 cups) milk

  • 4 medium eggs(large in the USA)

  • 2 tsp dried mixed herbs

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Tomato Sauce
  • 900g(2 lb) chopped/crushed tomatoes

  • 200g(7 oz) finely chopped onion

  • 5 cloves of garlic, finely minced

  • 2 tbsp chopped basil, plus a small bunch for infusion.

  • Minced Beef
  • 100g(3 1/2 oz) streaky bacon, chopped

  • 30ml(2 tbsp) oil

  • 200g(7 oz) finely chopped onion

  • 150g(5 1/4 oz) finely chopped carrot

  • 100g(3 1/2 oz) finely chopped celery

  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

  • 750g(26 1/2 oz) minced beef

  • 300ml(1 1/4 cups) beef stock

  • 30g(2 tbsp) tomato paste

  • 113g(4 oz) chopped tomatoes

  • 15ml(1 tbsp) Worcestershire sauce

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 120g(4 1/4 oz) grated cheese, I used emmental and chedder in equal amounts.


  • To make the pancakes place the flour into a large bowl.
  • Add the eggs and 100ml of milk and whisk until smooth.
  • Add the remaining milk and the herbs and whisk until well combined.
  • Set aside to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Heat a small frying pan, with a base of about 7 inches.18cm.
  • Brush a little butter over the base.
  • Pour in 3 tbsp(45ml) batter into the pan and swirl to ensure it covers the base.
  • Cook the pancake for about a minute, until the top has dried to matt finish, and flip it over.
  • Cook for about another minute, then transfer to parchement paper.
  • Repeat with the remaining batter, layering them on parchement. Allow to cool and wrap until later.
  • Fry the bacon in the oil, for a couple of minutes.
  • Reduce the heat and gently cook the onion with the bacon for 5 minutes.
  • Add the celery and carrot and cook for 5 minutes, adding the garlic after 3 minutes.
  • Add the minced beef and break it up as you stir it through the vegetables. Allow it to cook until the meat changes colour.
  • Pour in the stock, Worcestershire sauce, chopped tomatoes and the tomato paste and bring up to a boil.
  • Simmer uncovered until most of the liquid has evaporated. Season with salt and pepper and set aside to cool.
  • Fry the onions for the tomato sauce in a tablespoon of oil, until softened.
  • Add the garlic and cook for one minute.
  • Stir in the tomatoes then put the bunch of basil in and simmer until the sauce has thickened a little.
  • Remove the bunch of basil. and season with salt and pepper then add the chopped basil.
  • Preheat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/425F.
  • Put half the sauce into a 13×9 inch pan and spread over the base.
  • Take each pancake and place two heaped spoons of minced beef across the centre.
  • Fold one side of the pancake over the beef, then cover with the other side.
  • Place each pancake onto the sauce, overlapping a little, to make room for all.
  • Spread the remaining sauce over the top of the pancakes.
  • Sprinkle with grated cheese, to cover the sauce.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until everything is hot and bubbling and the cheese is browning.
  • Allow the pan to cool for a few minutes before serving.

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