Monday, May 5, 2008


Posted by MANDI at 9:59 PM
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 on May 6, 2008 at 4:49 AM 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 on May 6, 2008 at 10:07 PM said...

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

Sam Marshall on May 7, 2008 at 7:28 PM said...

Now that looks absolutely scrumptious!!!!

belongum on May 7, 2008 at 7:28 PM 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 ;-)


Red Dirt Mummy on May 7, 2008 at 10:05 PM 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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