For the herbed cream cheese layer
1 tub of cream cheese, softened
1.4 cup of creamy mayo
¼ teaspoon of basil
¼ teaspoon oregano
For the saucy layer
2 Tbs oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, chopped finely or minced
250 g mince
250 g crushed tomatoes
½ tsp basil
½ tsp oregano
¼ tsp chilli powder
Salt and pepper to taste
For the cheesy layer
1 cup of grated mozzarella and cheddar cheese mixed
Preheat oven to 250.
In a medium sized bowl combine the softened cream cheese, mayo, basil and oregano. Stir until combined. Set aside.
In a large pan, over medium heat, cook the onions for about 3 or 4 minutes, till softened.
Add the mince and cook until browned and juices run clear.
Add the garlic in the last minute so it doesn't burn. Cook until fragrant
Add the crushed tomatoes and spices to the pan, cook until combined and warm, about 5 or so minutes.
Spray baking dish with Cooking Spray.
Smooth the herbed cream cheese into the bottom of the dish.
Add the mince mixture over top, smooth out evenly.
Top with cheese and place in your preheated oven and cook for about 10 minutes, you want the top bubbling and starting to brown.
Remove carefully from the oven.
Serve with a big old cheesy smile! And enjoy with crackers /bread sticks or chips.
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