Meatballs For Dinner
This is a seriously tasty dinner that the whole family will love, even on a budget. It has been shared with us by Tamara Morris from My Melbourne Thermo. When served with brown rice and garden salad, it makes a healthy and tasty meal. Sage in the meatballs is the definite hero in this dish, but if you are on a tight budget you can omit.
Recipe Tester Feedback: "After my very fussy Miss 7 stating all afternoon that there was no way she was going to eat meatballs and she does NOT like meatballs... she declared that they were yummy and I got a thumbs up – rarely happens! There was enough left over for another serve and she claimed they were hers for dinner the following night. These will be a regular,as it isn't often I find something all the children enjoy!" - Anita
No: Egg / Nuts
Contains: Gluten / Dairy
*Variations: Can be made without Gluten / Dairy
Preparation Time 20 minutes
Cooking Time 35 minutes
Can be frozen
- bread - 1 slice, day old (*can use GF)
- fresh sage - 4-8, see Note
- onion - 1, peeled and quartered
- garlic cloves - 2, peeled
- beef mince - 600g
- tinned tomatoes - 400g, diced
- tomato paste - 20g
- vegetable stock - 20g, concentrate
- red wine - 100g, optional (can use water instead)
- rice - 180g
- cheese - or topping (*omit for DF)
- Preheat the oven to 150C.
- If you need to grate your cheese for topping, add cheese (approx. 100g) and grate Speed 8 / 5 seconds, or until desired consistency has beenreached. Set aside.
- Place bread (1 slice) and sage leaves (4-8) into bowl. Chop Speed 7 / 10 seconds. Set aside in a large mixing bowl.
- Place onion (1), garlic cloves (2) and other herbs (bunch) in the bowl. Chop Speed 5 / 10 seconds.
- Tip out about a quarter of the onion mixture into the breadcrumbs and leave the remaining onion mixture in the bowl.
- Add the mince (600g) to the breadcrumbs in the large mixing bowl and mixwell with clean hands to incorporate.
- Add the tomatoes (400g tin), tomato paste (20g), stock concentrate (20g) and wine (100g) to the onion mixture in the bowl. Program 15 minutes / 110C* / Speed 2. If it starts to bubble over, reduce the temperature to 100C.
- Form the meatballs from the mixture in the large mixing bowl. Brown them over a hotplate in an ovenproof dish.
- Pour the tomato sauce over the meatballs and give a shake so the sauce disperses. Bake for 35 minutes in the oven.
- Meanwhile cook the rice (180g) according to package instructions and prepare a salad (or steam veggies in the last 8 minutes of the rice cooking).
- Sprinkle some grated cheese on top of the hot meatballs to let it melt, if desired.
*If your machine does not go above 100C, set to Steaming Temperature which is usually between 110-115C. Please refer to your user manual for correct information for the appropriate setting for your machine.
Note: If you are on a budget, omit the fresh sage for dried herbs.