Whether you use pork, beef, turkey, lamb, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, rice or cheese- these little round parcels of tastiness hit the spot. They crop up in every cuisine- Asian, North African, Middle Eastern and Western- and everyone has their own version and favourites.
So, this week I've been cooking meatballs for supper- but also looking back at other dishes which are all-round pleasers.
Mozzarella stuffed Meatballs
350g beef mince
1 cup soft breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon chopped herbs eg. thyme, parsley or chives
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 ball mozzarella
1. Begin by mixing the beef mince, egg, breadcrumbs, herbs and a generous pich of salt and pepper together using wet hands until you have a homogenous mixture.
2. Wet your hands again and roll the mixture into 12 meatballs and place in the fridge to chill for 15-20 mins or more.
4. Make a dent in the centre of the meatball with your thumb and place the mozzarella in the hollow.
6. Fry gently in a hot frying pan with a spritz of oil.
Tomato butter sauce:
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 small onion diced finely
1 clove of garlic minced finely
1 teaspoon each of balsamic vinegar, sugar, salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
10 g of butter
1. Gently fry the onion and garlic together until translucent.
2. Add all the other ingredients except the butter and bubble away for a while until beginning to thicken
3. Mix in the butter and adjust seasoning to taste.
I served the vegetables with roasted vegetable couscous and the tomato butter sauce.
|Roasted vegetable couscous|
|Meatball Pasta bake|
|Magpie meatballs in a noodle nest|
This tasty meat mixture was actually the first recipe I posted on the blog more than 2 years ago- in the form of a burger sitting in a garlic mushroom cup. You could say it was the mothership of all my ideas since:
|Burger in a garlic mushroom cup|
|Asian pork parcels|
And with lamb patties and flatbreads:
|Lamb patties with home made pitta bread|
And some vegetarian options like falafel :
And it's squished down sister- the sweet potato burger:
|Sweet potato and carrot falafel-burger|
And for a more sophisticated spherical look, what about arancini ( leftover risotto fried into balls):
|Arancini with dipping sauce|
And finally, if we're talking trendy, what about cake pops? They're round, and- if they're savoury- they're very now. Here's mine:
|Brie cake pops with cranberry relish|
So, we've gone around the world in 10 different, well, round things. What's your favourite meat or non-meat ball?
Let me know.
We can have a reader's round-up.