As I mentioned before, Alex is a ridiculously picky eater – when he is at home! I am always looking for new ways to introduce food (vegetables in particular) into his diet as he will automatically refuse food if he even sees a hint of something healthy. And that is where these (delicious) meatballs came from.
There is no exact science to these meatballs. I just throw whatever I have in the kitchen into them, and they haven’t let me down yet. And they are a massive hit with Alex and Emma – which is always a bonus. I find that with the amount of ingredients I use, I make about 60 meatballs, which is enough for freezing, lunches or snacks the following day.
I medium onion
1 red pepper
4 cloves of garlic
1 handful of fresh basil
Breadcrumbs from 2 slices of bread
650g of mince (I usually use pork mince but chicken and beef are just as good)
I raw potato grated and squeezed to remove excess water
salt, pepper and cinnamon for seasoning
1 – I roughly chop all the veg and then throw them into a blender until they form a sauce (I find that this is the easiest way to hide the veg for the kids)
2. I add all the other ingredients and seasoning and mix well.
3. Shape into meatballs.
There are two ways to cook them – in the oven at 180 fo approx 30 minutes (or until they are cooked) or fried in oil in the pan. Frying them gives a great flavour but is very time-consuming so I prefer to cook them in the oven.
It is seriously that simple. And the beauty of this recipe is that there is no rules. Use whatever meat you want and whatever vegetables that you have available and it is guaranteed to be a hit for the whole family.
We usually serve our meatballs with bulgur wheat, salad, feta cheese and pita bread and it is so so good. (My mouth is just watering thinking about it!)
I would really love to hear if these work for you and your family, especially if you have picky eaters in your house. And I hope that you love them just as much as we do.