Sunday, October 13, 2013

Recipe: Pork and Apple Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

There's no real way of making this dish look very pretty, but it's delicious, healthy, and very cheap to make. For young children (and fussy boyfriends....) its certainly a very good way of getting fruit into their diets. Pork mince is at £2 for 500g at the co-op at the moment too (which I get for £1.80 because of sexy student discount!), the apple was from my mums garden, so this meal cost me practically nothing! The Braai spice mix was a present from my boyfriend's mum- very unusual stuff. Secretive too, its ingredients are listed as "salt, spices, spice extracts, flavour enhancers, plant oils, wheat proteins, permitted colours, sugar". But as mentioned in the recipe, from tasting it, I reckon substituting it with Worcestershire sauce, celery salt and cumin will give you a similar flavour.

Pork and Apple Meatballs, with tomato sauce (serves 3)
500g pork mince
½ white onion, finely diced
1 celery stick, finely diced
1 apple, cored and finely diced
40g breadcrumbs
½ tsp Worchester Braai Spice Mix (Or use ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce, ¼ tsp celery salt, pinch cumin)
Generous amount salt and pepper
1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 beef stock cube
1 tbsp chilli jam
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped fresh parsley (for garnish)

1. Preheat the oven to 200C. Mix together the mince, onion, celery, apple, breadcrumbs, spices and seasoning well. Coat a large roasting dish with the vegetable oil (this is to stop the meatballs from sticking). Roll the mince mixture into 18 meatballs (around 45/50g per meatball).
2. Put the tray in the oven and cook the meatballs for 30 minutes. If the meatballs are not browned enough, chuck them under the grill for a few minutes to colour a bit.
3. Meanwhile, put the tomatoes, stock, chilli jam, and seasoning in a pan and heat up until all ingredients are well combined. If you are having this with rice or pasta, put this on the boil now.
4. Serve the meatballs and sauce with some chopped fresh parsley on top, with some rice, pasta or mash if desired.

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