Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tasty Meaty Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

I think some of you will agree with me. There are some food that have never been on the "To-cook" or "To-taste" lists before. Then out of the sudden, they manage to call out for your attention and make you crave for them. Weird! But it just happened to me!


I suddenly want to make some meatballs.Tasty meatballs to go with some pasta. I did some research on the internet and talked to some experts. It is rather different from what the Chinese would do for meatballs. I narrowed to some key ingredients for delicious meatballs: Mixed meat (beef and pork), cheese, breadcrumbs and herbs. 


I find this recipe reaps nice meatballs with tender and bouncy (QQ) texture. The taste is yummy but subtle. The sauce which I feature here is very good but if you have a favorite recipe or a ready-made sauce, I am sure it will work too!




Recipe (25 meatballs)
Meatballs
Ingredients:

  • 400g Ground Beef
  • 150g Ground Pork
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Whole milk
  • 1/2 Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika (Optional)
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Steps:

  1. Mix all ingredients by hand in a large mixing bowl. 
  2. Mix them well.
  3. Roll the mixture into meatballs about golf ball size. 
  4. In a pan over medium heat, add 2 tbsp of cooking oil. Add in the meatballs carefully, sear all sides till brown. Remove when done.
  5. All them into tomato sauce. Simmer for at least 30 minutes. 
Tomato Sauce
Ingredients:
  • 1 large can of Tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup Beef stock
  • 1/2 Green pepper (optional)
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
Steps:
  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, add 2 tbsp of olive oil. 
  2. Add in garlic and onion. Saute till fragrance and onions turn transparent.
  3. Add in green pepper. Saute for 2 minutes. 
  4. Add in tomato puree.
  5. Add in seasoning and meatballs. 
  6. Simmer for at least 30 minutes. 
  7. Serve with sprinkled Parmesan cheese.