Monday, May 05, 2008


This is the easiest version of meatballs I've ever made. To be honest, they weren't something I'd serve at a dinner party (but would I serve meatballs anyway?) but for a quick weeknight dinner they were great. I timed them and it took 27 minutes from opening the fridge for the ingredients to putting this on the table. Like I said, great for a quick weeknight dinner.

Baked Tomato Meatballs
from Australian Table, April 2008

650g lean beef mince
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
2 green onions (shallots), chopped
2 tablespoons chopped oregano, plus extra leaves to serve
2 garlic cloves, chopped (this was missing and you could tell)
1 x 700g bottle tomato passata
1/2 cup grated tasty cheese
mashed potato, to serve

1. Place beef mince, breadcrumbs, green onion, oregano and garlic in a large bowl and season to taste. Mix well to combine. Roll mixture inot 16 balls.

2. Spray a non-stick frying pan with cooking oil spray and heat on medium-high. Cook meatballs for 10 minutes, until browned and cooked through. Meanwhile heat passata in saucepan for 5 minutes, until warm. Transfer meatballs to a greased baking dish. Pour over passsata and scatter with cheese.

3. Place under a hot grill for 5 minutes, until cheese melts. Top with extra oregano and serve with mashed potato.


Iris Flavia said...

That sounds yummy!

Maybe in some years time I can cook that, too. So far I would have to order cooking oil spray from USA - that would be 5 euro shipping not included.
Darn, it is so practical! Can´t understand it takes so long to get here!

The Cookbook Junkie said...

Are meatballs and tomato sauce usually served with mashed potatoes instead of pasta in your part of the world?

belongum said...

Would you STOP that!!!

You keep putting piccies up of all the delicious tucker you've knocked up, and I want to go away and make it all myself... (Homer drooling would describe it too a tee!)

Great to see you 'settled' in enough to make meatballs lol - hope all's well - and that your not missing red dirt central all THAT much ;-)

Next shout's on me mate - welcome ya home and all that lol ;-)


Sam Marshall said...

Now that looks absolutely scrumptious!!!!

Red Dirt Mummy said...

Wow, Iris. You can't get cooking spray in Germany?

No, Paula. They'd normally be with pasta of some kind but the recipe said mashed potato and I was in a kind of brain-fuzz so I just did it. While we were eating it I was thinking it was kind of odd LOL.

Hi Ron - I'll take you up on that! Maybe at the next meetup?? And yes, I am missing SOME aspects of the red dirt.

Thanks, Sam.

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