Recipe: Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs hot from the oven
Italian Meatballs hot from the oven

Ingredients;

1Kg lean beef minced
2 slices of lightly toasted bread
2 tablespoons of dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds, ground
1 Chile pepper, finely diced
1 handful of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 handful of fredh basil, finely chopped
1 egg yolk
1 large onion, finely dliced
1 teaspoon of french mustard

Serves 8

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Lightly toast the 2 slices of bread and whizz them in a blender to make breadcrumbs.

Next finely dice the onion, and fry it gently with a teaspoon of french mustard until soft, then let them cool, while you finely chop the chile, Rosemary and Basil.

Next put your meat into a large bowl and add the chile, rosemary, basil, oregano, cumin, egg yolk, the (now cooled) onion and the breadcrumbs and mix it all together, just get your hands into it and scrunch it all together.

Wet your hands and take some of the mixture and roll it into a ball about the size of a golfball and set it onto a sheet of greaseproof paper and repeat until you have used all the mixture. Check out http://dcwcasing.com/ if you want to cook the meatballs in natural casings.

Next get a frying pan onto a medium heat, add a little olive oil and fry the meatballs gently, rolling them round the pan so they cook (and colour) all the way round.

At this point you can either bag and freeze the meatballs in portions for use later or you can follow one of these 2 options.

I’m in a hurry

Once your meatballs are cooked, turn the heat right down and pour some Italian tomato sauce over them in the pan. Allow this to heat up while cooking up some pasta. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and gently stir in the meatballs and sauce, then serve.

I’m not in a hurry

Heat your oven up to 200C, place your meatballs in an oven tray and cover with Tomato Sauce. Take a Mozzarella ball and either chop it into chunks or just rip it up and sprinkle this over the meatballs. Take a handful of fresh Basil leaves, rip them up and sprinkle them over the top, then grate a handful of parmesan over the lot.

Place this in the oven for about 20 minutes or until all the cheese melts and colours nicely. Then serve on a bed of fresh pasta and garnish with some fresh basil.

Italian Meatballs

I love my Italian Meatballs, so does Elly and not to blow my own trumpet but most people who have eaten these have described them as awesome and asked me for the recipe.

La scala by night, Milano, Italy
Via Wikipedia

So after promising it to so many people, I’m finally posting it today. I have a lot of e-mails to send out to friends with links (and apologies) to make up for broken promises :) Still the best things in life are worth waiting for.

Part of the reason that I’m posting this today is that it is an excellent main course for a special Valentine’s meal for two, you can do the preparation in advance and freeze them until the day in question, leaving time to prepare a fresh starter and/or an incredible dessert on the day.

For me Italian food is Valentine’s day, I mean what could be more romantic than a fantastic candlelit meal, some opera playing quietly in the background, the one you love across the table with the candlelight reflecting in their eyes and you serving them a fantastic home cooked meal?

Over the two next weeks, I’ll be posting a starter and dessert to create a Valentine’s menu that will not be easily forgotten. So get cooking and freezing now, it’ll give you more time to enjoy the evening with the special person in your life.