Aahhhh Thursday ... how I love thee ... Nearly the weekend when I have two whole days where I can focus on my hobbies. Don't get me wrong - I am very lucky in that I really like my job, but I still appreciate a few days when I can spend some hours working on a recipe or taking pictures or ... uh ... less fun stuff like laundry :)
These meatballs are really delicious and freeze very well. They suit me great as they can be slapped together quickly to make a wholesome and tasty midweek dinner.
There aren't a lot of ingredients for the meatballs, just a few ingredients and some time :)
Mix together the minced steak, grated mozzarella, some oregano, minced onion, minced garlic and pesto. Add a bit of salt and pepper and mix it together a little more again.
Put a little into a hot pan and cook it up, then taste it to make sure you like the flavours. Adjust the seasonings if necessary.
Once you have a mixture you like, shape into balls. I weighed mine out into 72g (my attention to detail means that I wanted a number of meatballs that were all consistent in weight, size and shape. Maybe this is why it takes me so long to complete recipes ...)
I got 35 meatballs, individually wrapped.
And they are all individually delicious. To cook, I well-browned them in a pan then put them into a pot that had the tomato sauce simmering until finished. Slap the fabulous mix on some cooked spagetti, serve with a green salad and voilà - dinner's ready!
These are really worth trying. I think its the pesto that makes them so delicious, but the stringy mozzarella is a pretty nice addition too :)
Kilmanogue Meatballs (adapted from Avoca Cafe Cookbook)
900g minced steak
110g grated mozzarella cheese
good sprinkline dried oregano
1 onion, minced
1 garlic clove, crushed
4 teaspoons pesto
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Fry a small amount and taste, adjust seasonings as needed. Shape into balls. To cook, place meatballs in a hot pan. Cook until well browned, then simmer in sauce of your choice before serving. And enjoy!
Do you have anything nice planned for the weekend?