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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Midweek meatballs

We had around 0.5kg of minced beef left over from the weekend. So we thought what better way to use this up than to make it into meatballs. We actually made 28 meatballs in the end - which is very economical, giving us 4 portions. The meat would go further if you added some breadcrumbs. The whole meal worked out at around £1 per portion - which is not bad. And what a tasty bunch these meatballs were...

MEATBALLS & SPAGHETTI

INGREDIENTS - to serve 4
MEATBALLS
400g minced beef
1 onion - chopped finely
couple of cloves of garlic, crushed
salt/pepper
SAUCE
olive oil
garlic, crushed
400g tinned chopped tomatoes
salt/pepper
chilli - optional if you want it spicy
TO SERVE
200g dried spaghetti
Prepare the beef mince as we did for the beef burgers. Simply put the minced beef into a bowl with some chopped onion, salt, pepper and garlic plus ANY other seasonings you fancy e.g. chilli, mustard etc. Knead the beef with your hands until the mixture starts to STICK together. You are probably wondering if you need to use egg to bind the mixture, and the answer is you don't - if you knead the mix enough, you will find it all sticks together nicely without egg. But you may wish to make the beef go further and you can do this by adding some breadcrumbs - and this time you will need to add an EGG to bind it all together.
Fry the meatballs in a frying pan, on a low heat. This will draw out the unnecessary fat, and intensify the flavour of the meat too. When nice and brown, place on a kitchen towel to absorb some of the fat.
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SAUCE: Heat oil in a frying pan, add garlic and stir for a minute. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper and any other flavourings you feel the need to add. Cook for around 5 minutes. Done.
Cook the spaghetti according to the packet - and assemble. Grate some parmesan if you like - or whatever cheese you prefer. 
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