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 Meatballs inTomato Sauce Tapas


Meatballs in tomato sauce, click to enlarge
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The simple things in life are often the best and this tapas dish proves just that.
Beef meatballs marinated in tomato sauce with a few herbs.

KEY POINTS

 Preparation Time:  15 mins  Cooking Time:   20 minutes
 How Difficult  Easy  Freeze?   No
 Servings

2  tapas portions


INGREDIENTS
 
Metric Imperial
225g minced beef 8oz minced beef
1 medium onion
3 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried thyme (2 teaspoons if chopped fresh)
1 teaspoon dried rosemary (2 teaspoons if chopped fresh)
3 ripe tomatoes
2 tablespoons of red or white wine
1 heaped tablespoon of concentrated tomato puree
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper

Specific Cooking Equipment
1 large frying pan

Preparation

Finely chop the onions.
Finely chop the garlic.
Grate the Parmesan cheese.
Liquidise (or chop) the tomatoes.
Finely chop the herbs if using fresh.

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Place the minced beef, onions, garlic, Parmesan cheese and thyme in a large bowl. Sprinkle with a good portion of salt and pepper. Mix all the ingredients together with your hands.

Take a chunk of the mixture and form into a ball, about the size of a golf ball. Make sure that you firm each of them together well. This will stop them falling apart when they are being cooked.


 
Pour the olive oil into a frying pan on a medium to low heat. Add the meatballs and cook for about five minutes.

Turn the meatballs frequently whilst cooking to ensure that they are cooked on all sides. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, wine and rosemary plus some salt and pepper. Cook for 15 minutes turning occasionally.


Serve hot into dishes and sprinkle some rosemary or parsley over the meatballs.

Meatballs in tomato sauce, a classic tapa


Good luck!

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