Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Meat Balls!!!

This one is a firm family favourite. If you have a food processor, it makes it so easy and quick to make too!

500g (1lb) minced beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp chopped oregano
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
2 slices bread, crumbed
1 egg, beaten (I leave this out as I can't eat eggs anymore and it makes no significant difference to the end result)

Olive Oil (only a little for frying)

1 onion, quartered
397g (14oz) tin chopped tomatoes
600ml (1pint) beef stock
2 tbs tomato puree
1 tbs red wine vinegar
1 tsp chopped oregano
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
1 tsp sugar

Put all the sauce ingredients into a food processor and blitz to a puree. Transfer to a large saucepan, bring to the boil, stirring continuously then cover and reduce the heat to a simmer while making the meatballs.

(Quick method) Put all the meatball ingredients into the food processor and mix thoroughly. Shape into meatballs (about 1" across). Fry gently a few at a time until browned all over. Transfer to the sauce while cooking the next batch of meatballs.

Once all the meatballs are cooked and added to the sauce, simmer gently for 20 minutes. Shake the pan gently and try to avoid stirring the meatballs in case you break them up.

Serve spooned over a bowl of hot spaghetti. Grate fresh parmesan cheese over the top.


** You can freeze this recipe when the meatballs and sauce are cooked. It will keep for up to 3 months. Just defrost and reheat thoroughly. Serve over freshly cooked pasta.


Kaz said...

Can't you just make me some and e-mail me?! I can't be doing with cooking hahaha.

Happy New Year to you, Will, Jacob and Freya.

love n hugs xxxx

Janice said...

...and balls to you to Rosie - hee hee hee. Happy New Year, thanks for your contribution to the calendar, in the end we didn't get a printed version, it's a long story!!!

All the best for 2009, I'd think with the Scottish contingent in Corby that NY will be a big celebration - slainte bhath!

Gez said...

Mmmm, they sound yummy!

Will definately give them a try in the NY. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us Rosie. xx

P.S. What's for dessert???

Stephanie Parsloe said...

You left out the added plastic... you know it tastes goooooooood

Steph x


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