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Tried and Trusted Meatballs Recipe

Meatballs are simple to make and can take on so many flavours depending on the sauce they are served with. Here we show the basic meatball recipe and suggest a couple of classic sauces.

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Meatballs

INGREDIENTS                         

1kg / 2.2lbs lean minced beef (ground beef)
2 slices of dried brown bread
2 medium eggs
2 medium onions
3 garlic cloves
½ tablespoon dried basil
½ tablespoon dried oregano
8 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION

: 15 minutes

COOKING

: 35 minutes

DIFFICULTY

: Easy

FREEZE

? Yes

SERVINGS

: 6 servings

EQUIPMENT

:
A large frying pan (skillet).
Food blender. Not absolutely necessary but it will speed up the preparation.

PREPARATION

Finely chop the onions and garlic. This can be done in a food blender if you have one.
Separate the strands of the minced (ground) beef into a bowl.
Lightly beat the eggs.

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COOK'S NOTES FOR MEATBALLS

These meatballs are simple to make but make sure you finely chop the onions. If the onion bits are too large they cause the meatballs to open up when cooking.

We suggest serving the meatballs with a sauce, rice or spaghetti and a vegetable. Dhal sauce is a tasty and unusual choice. More traditional, but just as good is a rich tomato sauce.

RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1

Add three tablespoons of the olive oil to a large frying pan (skillet) on a medium heat. Add the onions and garlic.

Fry them gently, turning frequently for about ten minutes until they are soft. Place them aside to cool for five minutes.

 Frying onions

STEP 2

Mix together the cooked onions and garlic, basil, oregano, bread, eggs, salt and pepper. Do this in a food processor for about 15 seconds or with a fork.

Mix the ground beef and all the above mixed ingredients in a large bowl. The only way to do this is with your hands. Mix until all the ingredients are evenly spread.

STEP 3

Fry a small bit of the meatball mixture in a pan for a couple of minutes. Taste and add more salt and pepper if required.

Make small, golf ball sized meatballs. This is best done with cleaned hands which have been dipped in water. You should end up with around 30 meatballs.

STEP 4

Heat the remaining 5 tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan (skillet). Add the meatballs and cook for about 10 minutes turning twice.

Depending on the size of your pan you may need to cook the meatballs in two or three batches. Place the cooked batches, covered with foil, in a warm oven until ready to be served.

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