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Moroccan Spiced Meatballs

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I served this little dish with my Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower as a tapas style dinner. These were so yummy and the sauce was rich with a little bit of sweetness.

 

Makes 8 Meatballs

200g scottish beef mince

30g panko breadcrumbs

1 egg

handful chopped coriander

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp dried coriander

1/2 tsp minced ginger

225g tin chopped tomatoes

150ml beef stock

1 red onion – finely sliced

 

  1. Place everything in a bowl and mix. Shape into 1″ balls and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  2. Heat up a fry pan with spray oil and cook meatballs until browned all over.
  3. Add in the onions a cook until softened and slightly browned.
  4. Add in the tomatoes and beef stock, bring to the boil then simmer medium heat until sauce starts to thicken, about 15-20 minutes. serve.

 

 

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Stuffed Meatballs

 

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Oh Yum! This was a recipe from my new fav cookbook by Pinch of nom. Quick & East to make, and vert tasty considering it is only 283 kcal per serving (excluding rice).

 

Serves 4

For the Meatballs

500g 5% fat minced scotch beef

1 tsp salt

pinch of black pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs

Handful of fresh parsley – finely chopped

70g reduced fat mozzarella – cut into 12 small pieces

 

For the Sauce

1 x 400g tin tomatoes – chopped

50g tomato paste

1 tbsp dried oregano

1 tsp onion granules

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp dried parsley

1 medium carrot, finely chopped

1 tsp red wine vinegar

Salt & pepper to taste

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 fan. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Mix all of the meatball ingredients in a bowl until well combined then divide into 12 equal pieces.
  3. Enclose 1 piece of mozzarella in each meat piece and roll into a ball, place meatballs onto the backing tray and bake for about 15 minutes.
  4. While meatballs are cooking, to make the sauce put all of the ingredients in a pan, bring to the boil and cook over a low-med heat for about 20 minutes.
  5. Blitz the sauce with a hand blender until smooth, season to taste and return to the pan, add the meatballs to the pan and stir well.
  6. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve. I served on a bed of wholemeal rice with peas. Yummy!
ALL · beef · Meat Dishes · One Pot Wonders · pasta

Meatball & Chorizo Spicy Pasta

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This little dish was super tasty with a little kick, perfect for a Saturday night dinner. My ultimate favourite is 1 pan cooking (well kinda..lol), don’t you just love throwing everything in to 1 pot, easy cooking, less washing up….lol!

We served this with a glass of Chardonnay and it went perfectly well.

 

Serves 2

6-8 Beef Meatballs (sliced in half)

150g pasta (I used wholewheat Fusilli)

200g tin tomatoes

75g chopped chorizo (good quality, we love Picante)

1 red onion (chopped)

1 red pepper (chopped)

1 carrot (chopped)

1 garlic clove (crushed)

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp dried basil (I would recommend using fresh, but unfortunately I didn’t have any)

1 chopped chilli or 1 tsp dried chillies

1 tbsp tomato paste

1/2 tsp sugar

Salt & Pepper to season

Parmesan to garnish

 

  1. First bring to the boil a pan of salted water and cook pasta for about 8-10 minutes, Save about 1/2 cup of the pasta water, drain pasta and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan, add the meatballs & chorizo and brown all over. When browned remove with a slotted spoon and put to the side.              20190309_161229
  3.  Heat 1 tbsp oil and add the peppers, onions, carrots, garlic and thyme and gently cook until slightly tender.                                                                                             20190309_162319
  4. Return the meatballs and chorizo back to the pan, add the sauce and bring to a simmer for a few minutes until meatballs are cooked through.
  5. Then add the pasta to the pan along with the remaining pasta water and simmer for a further 5 minutes to warm through.                                                        20190309_163146
  6. Serve with some grated parmesan and chopped basil. Yummy!

 

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Meatball Burger

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I am watching Jamie Olivers new 5 Ingredient Cook programme just now and every week I’m like….I really need to try that. So this week it was Meatball Burgers…just the name sounds amazing.

Its a friday night, you come home from work and want something quick, easy and filling but tasty too…..this is the go to recipe. It was so tasty and so quick and easy to cook. The sauce that you can dip your burger in just made it….yum!

 

Makes approx 14 meatballs

500g Aberdeen Angus Mince

Pesto with basil

1 tin Plum tomatoes

1 ball mozzarella

Rolls – make sure they are crusty, if you use soft rolls they will fall apart.

 

  1. Mix the mince and 2 tbsp pesto together in a bowl and season
  2. Preheat a fry pan with a little oil, spoon with a dessert spoon some of the mixture into your hands and mould into a ball. (best to have wet hands when doing this)
  3. Place into fry pan and cook for about 10 mins turning to brown all over.
  4. Empty the plum tomatoes into the pan and season with salt & pepper.
  5. At the same time slice the mozzarella and place 1 slice over the top of each meatball, cook for about 2 minutes or until the mozzarella starts to melt.
  6. Spread 1/2 tbsp pest onto each roll
  7. Place about 3 meatballs onto each roll
  8. Dish out the sauce either into a bowl on on your plate. Devour!

 

 

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My Spicy Homemade Meatballs and Spagetti.

IMG_20150606_212256_resized    20150606_084553_resized My spicy meatballs with spaghetti Serves 2 For the Meatballs:- 300g Scottish steak mince 1 red onion finely chopped 1 tsp thyme 25g Parmasan 1 tsp Paprika 1 egg 1 tsp Garlic Salt & Pepper For the Sauce:- 300g Passata 100 g Water Basil, Handful chopped 1 tbsp. Garlic 1 tbsp Tomato puree 1 tsp caster sugar Few drops of Tobasco or more I you like it really spicy   1. Mix all the Meatball ingredients together to form a ball, then break up into small meatball size portions. I got 14. 2. Brown meatballs in a frying pan until cooked all over. 3. Meanwhile cook pasta as per instructions. 4. Add all the sauce ingredients into the same pan as the meatballs and stir through, heat on a high heat but not boiling for about 10 mins. 5. Dish up and serve with some parmesan cheese on top and a wee glass of vino. Yummy!