Meatballs may seem like traditional family meal time staple, but they can be a tricky one to get just right. A dry or under-seasoned meatball can be a common occurrence, but it doesn’t have to be to this way! Take advantage of some of the available food and drink voucher codes and use this recipe for some great value, great tasting meaty treats. Here’s a sure fire way to make some that are sure to please the majority of family members…
For the meatballs…
- 50g x breadcrumbs
- 2 x tablespoons of milk
- 250g x pork mince (or half a standard pack)
- 250g x beef mince (or half pack)
- I medium onion, chopped
- 1 large carrot, grated
- 1 large clove of garlic, crushed
- 1 small apple, peeled, cored and grated
- Approximately 1 x teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves
- Salt and pepper
For the tomato sauce…
- 2 x cloves of garlic, crushed or finely chopped
- 2-4 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 x tins of tomatoes
- 1 x teaspoon of brown sugar (optional)
- Salt and pepper
Instructions for Meatballs and Tomato Sauce
In a mixing bowl, put the breadcrumbs and milk and leave to soak. Heat some oil in a pan and gently fry the onion, garlic and carrot. Take off the heat before they start to brown and add to the breadcrumbs mix, along with all the other ingredients. Mix together using your hands and shape into balls of whatever size you want. Heat up some more oil and fry them in batches.
While they’re on the go, make a start on your tomato sauce – heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. You can use as little or as much oil as you like, but I prefer using a bit more than I would usually to fry onions. Make sure you have you tins of tomatoes already opened and put the garlic in the hot oil. Put the tomatoes in straight after – it’s important that you don’t let the garlic brown or burn as this will add a bitter taste to the sauce. Stir well and cook on a high heat until the sauce is thick. Season with salt and pepper. The brown sugar adds more sweetness. While you’re waiting for your sauce and meatballs to cook, get some spaghetti on the boil and when it’s all done, top the lot off with some parmesan.
A lot of families are on a budget these days, but with some handy free UK vouchers, it’s possible you can conjure up a delicious meal with relatively little outlay. Our Tesco voucher code gets you £10 off when you spend £50 or more on your first online grocery, so you can afford to pick up even more value ingredients. And if you think your kitchen equipment isn’t quite up to scratch, browse through our home and garden voucher codes - we’ve got a great Ninja Kitchen voucher code that gets you £20 off a Tefal Expert Cook Cookware Set, which includes a top quality frying pan – perfect for browning off those delicious meatballs.
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By Anna Scott, 8th April 2013