Beef_meatballsPremium mince is lean, cheap, easy to chew, simple to cook with and very versatile. This recipe can be made into meatballs, meat sticks, patties or meatloaf.

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Ingredients

2 Serves

 Premium mince

200 grams

 Rolled oats or breadcrumbs

3 T

 Garlic, minced

½ t

 Onion, small, finely chopped

½ small onion

 Egg

1 small

 Sweet Chilli Sauce or Tomato sauce

1 T

 Fresh herbs - parsley, basil (optional)

1 T chopped

 Salt and pepper

To taste

 

Method

  1. In a small bowl mix together all of the above ingredients. If the mixture is too wet and sloppy to be shaped into balls, add a little more oats.
  2. Take a golf ball sized spoonful of the mixture and shape into a ball using the palms of your hands. Place the ball on a round dinner plate.
  3. Repeat with the rest of the mixture (makes around 8 balls). Place all the balls in a circle on the outer edge of the dinner plate. They should not be touching.
  4. Microwave the balls on the plate on HIGH for 3 – 4 minutes until almost cooked through.
  5. Place the balls in a pre-heated heated, oiled fry pan and cook over medium heat for a few minutes until browned on the outside and cooked through the middle. You will need to turn them often to brown the sides.

 

Serving Suggestion: Serve the meatballs with pasta, pasta sauce and a salad.

 

 Variations:

Alternatively you can bake the raw meatballs in the oven on a greased baking tray at 180ºC for approximately 20 minutes or until cooked through the middle.

Make a double batch and freeze the extras to have later when you don't feel like cooking. Can be frozen from raw or cooked.

Serve as a snack or party food with a dipping sauce

Meat sticks: Mould a small handful of the mixture around kebab sticks. Follow the cooking instructions as per the recipe.

Patties: Shape the mince mixture into 2 large patties instead of balls. Pan fry until cooked through the middle and serve in a bun with salad fillings.

Meatloaf: Add a ½ of a grated carrot to the mince mixture and press it into muffin tins to make mini meatloaves. Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce over the top and bake at 180ºC for approximately 20 minutes or until cooked through the middle.


Abbreviations Used in Recipes

utensilst = teaspoon

T = tablespoon

ml = millilitre

g = gram

º C = degrees Celsius

cm = centimetre