Beef and Pork Meatballs

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Came across this pork and meatball recipe on FoodTube and added it to my recipes-to-make list. Simple enough with everyday ingredients from the grocery store, this was Friday’s dinner. I must admit, it does take a while for one person to make the meatballs and tomato sauce from scratch, but I had all afternoon to cook the chopped onions and simmer the sauce. (I apologize if the raw meet looks unappealing.)

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I put the meatballs in the oven (at 375° for 30 minutes) instead of pan frying them. Just before serving, I reheated the pasta sauce and put the cooked meatballs in.

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Click here to get the full recipe.

Meatballs with Sorted Food

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My ingredients for making Sorted Food‘s meatballs. It’s tough work when your the only person in the kitchen  but also relaxing because I don’t like it when people bother me in the kitchen when I’m busy making food. I realized that the full recipe makes 6 servings but I was only making dinner for three.

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So I cut back on the recipe. Ground beef, parsley, onion, garlic, egg, cumin and chilli flakes (the recipe calls for whole chillies).

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Before: throw al the ingredients together and mix.

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After, no raw hands needed!

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About 800 grams of beef made 22 average meatballs.

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Frying meatballs can be tricky as they tend to fall apart, but I found out that the egg DOES help combine the mixture (it was my first time making meatballs with egg).

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Boiled some pasta for dinner, to go along with the meatballs and the tomato sauce.

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TADA! Finished product and  vegetables to top dinner off (peas and steamed carrots). Plus I made a quick tomato sauce by using two cans of tomatoes and blending in into a sauce, I also added some tomato paste to thicken the sauce.

Ingredients:
1 large onion
4 cloves of garlic
2 large red chillies
mince beef (~1.5kg)
2 eggs
tablespoon ground coriander
tablespoon ground cumin
handful of fresh chopped parsley
tablespoon salt
vegetable or olive oil

Method*:
Chop the onion, garlic and chillies as finely as possible.
Dump into a big bowl with the minced beef.
Crack in the eggs and sprinkle over the spices, chopped parsley and salt.
Mix together with your hands- get stuck in.
Roll into small balls and fry in hot oiled pan until brown on all sides.

*The original recipe also makes tomato sauce (for the meatballs), but the above method only states the steps for making the meatballs.

Meatball Pasta Bake

This weekend so happened to be Easter so I was off from school on Friday (the school was closed but I didn’t have any classes on Friday to begin with). My brother wasn’t going to be home for dinner, so my mom and I thought that we could make a meal that my brother can’t eat (he’s lactose in tolerant).

I was browsing through sortedfood’s website (I recently found this amazing website thanks to Youtube) and I wanted to make spaghetti and meatballs (since most meatballs contain egg). But surprisingly, this recipe did not contain egg…so we went ahead and gave it a go.!

Ingredients (I used):

1 medium onion

2 cloves of garlic

1kg of ground beef

1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard (any will work)

splash of Worcestershire sauce

handful of chopped rosemary (I used frozen rosemary, but I think frozen and dry rosemary works. Fresh rosemary will give the meatballs more aroma)

oil (original recipe asks for olive oil)

1 tablespoon of tomato paste (original recipe uses tomato puree)

1 can of tomatoes (original recipe asks for 2 cans of diced, but if you have whole canned tomatoes, you can just chop them up. Works just as well).

Water (original recipe asks for beef stock)

Pinch or brown sugar (original recipe uses (white) sugar

300g of fusilli pasta (about a box of pasta)

parmesan cheese (to your liking)

I did not follow the exact recipe, as this was a last minute decision. The original recipe uses basil, cheddar cheese and red wine is optional.

  1. Preheat oven to 350oF
  2. dice onion and tomatoes
  3. finely chop garlic and rosemary
  4. grate cheese
  5. combine ground beef, diced onion, half the garlic and rosemary together
  6. add Dijon mustard  and Worcestershire sauce to combination
  7. roll combination into balls, depending on your size liking (my mom rolled the meatballs into small golfballs) (for better results, have the balls sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up)
  8. heat a pan and add oil to pan sear the meatballs
  9. DO NOT cook meatballs thoroughly as they will continue to cook in the tomato sauce
  10.  Turn off the heat when meatballs are done searing
  11.  In a pot, fry the remaining garlic in oil
  12.  Add tomatoes, puree and water and wait until it boils
  13.  Add meatballs and turn heat to medium when the sauce is boiling
  14. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes
  15. In the meantime, boil water and cook the pasta in salted water
  16. Drain the pasta and mix pasta and meatball sauce together
  17. In an oven proof dish, pour the pasta and meatballs. Top with grated cheese and bake for about 10 minutes

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optional: serve with vegetables or side salad

A link is provided below, to see the full recipe and step by step video. http://sortedfood.com/#!/meatballpastabake/