Last week, Oliver had ´one of those days,´ and stayed at home. I already had a lunch arranged with a friend so my Husband stepped in to take over with Oliver, but not before asking for a big bowl of meatballs for Lunch for the boys 😉
So after our Halloween crafts, I whipped up some meatballs (Okay, maybe not whipped up, these do take quite a bit of preparation time!)
You will need:
Fresh Rosemary (about four sprigs)
I heaped tsp dried oregano
12 crackers (You can use any crackers, soft or hard – Jacobs cracker size)
500 grams of minced meat (beef, pork or 50/50)
2 heaped teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1/2 red chilli (I prefer fresh)
2×400 grams tinned tomatoes or 1x200grams and five fresh tomatoes (peeled and diced)
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
fettucine pasta (better if it´s fresh)
Take the Rosemary leaves off the stalks and finely chop them.
Wrap the crackers in a tea towel and break them up. This is a great time to get any kiddies involved. Oliver had a ball with this!
Add the crushed crackers to a mixing bowl with the minced meat, Rosemary, Mustard and Oregano.
My boys are big eaters so I used a kilo of meat (also good for making extra and freezing) So i just doubled all the ingredients.
Crack in your egg(s) and season well, with salt and pepper
Scrunch up the meatball mixture in to 4 large balls
Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic and slice your chilli
Put a salted pan of water on to boil
Heat a large frying pan with olive oil on a medium heat
Add the onion and cook until slightly golden (about 7 minutes)
Add your garlic and chilli and as soon as they get some color, add your balsamic vinegar and tomatoes.
I used some fresh tomatoes, so to remove the skin, you should make a cross in the bottom of the tomatoes and put them in boiling water for around four minutes. The skin should peel straight off.
Bring the sauce to boil and season.
In another frying pan, cook your meatballs in olive oil. Keep moving them around and turning them over so that they cook all the way through and don’t burn on the outside. (Around 8-10 minutes)