Thursday, 13 November 2008

Cheesy Meat Balls

Receita em Portugues clique AQUI



I needed to make something fast the day before yesterday as we were all hungry and I had left it too late to cook dinner as had been working on making a menu on a PC for a friend and time passed very quickly, so I decided on a traditional recipe and added a little surprise inside.


Recipe Ingredients:




  • 500grs minced beef
  • 60grs bread crumbs (I used old bread and crumbed it)
  • 1 egg (medium)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tea spoon chilli powder
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • a little bunch of parley
  • 600grs rice
  • 2 bay leafs
  • some olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Some cheddar cheese
  • 2 soup spoons of tomato paste
This recipe was very fast and very easy to make, is not fattening at all and the garlic and chilli help the blood circulation, and at this time of the year I suppose it is welcomed, also was very cheap to make.

For the rice just put it in boiling water with a crushed garlic clove inside and a couple of spoons of olive oil and salt to taste, after 10 to 12 minutes is cooked depending on the rice you using (I like basmati) once cooked rinse it in a sieve with boiling water and drain it ready to plate.

For the sauce I chopped the onion very finely and the remaining two garlic cloves one to add to the mince the other for the sauce. The meat balls were made as follows, I put the mince in a bowl adding to it the egg (whole) the bread crumbs, one spoon of the chilli powder, one garlic salt and pepper to taste, and mixed all with my hands until was all blended in, then I cut the cheese into little squares and making a little disk in my hand with a portion of the disk mixture I placed the cheese square in the middle, folded the meat around and rolled it into a ball and set it aside until all the meat was spent.

Then in a pan I put some olive oil, let it get hot and added the chilli, onion (diced), bay leafs, garlic, and the meat balls swirling the pan around from time to time until the balls were sealed (you can see this as they turn from red to brown) at this stage I added the tomato a small glass of water and the tomato paste, I let this cook for 20-30 minutes, obviously only started making the rice 10-12 minutes before the rest was ready, so all comes out at same time, and on the last 1 minute of cooking of the balls I added the parsley chopped. As simple as that.

Now you can use spaghetti if you prefer, I do but the family wanted rice and I had to go with the majority.

9 comments:

inland empire restaurant and food reviews said...

This looks so good!! Thanks for the recipe!!

Anji said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog.
Now I'm really hungry...

Rico said...

Thank you so much Anji...really is appreciated, not that you hungry but that you visited me...let's hope you keep coming back and maybe try to come one or two things from here :)

Rico said...

Thanx inland Enpire, for appreciating it

Jan said...

Looks delish! Nice recipe.

Rico said...

Thank you Jan for your comment, I really hope you get the time to try it, if not for you for your kids. :)

Chef E said...

Comfort food, and a good romantic one with a fire blazing while she sits on the pillows with good conversation with the chef...that meal inspires a novella :)

5 Star Foodie said...

Aha - there they are! Very nice!

Ricardo said...

They were indeed nice, I wish I could have share them with you, unless you vegetarian, like my wife ;)

I thank you for all your generous comments, and I take this opportunity to say thanks for also sharing your culinary exploits. :)

Attribute

If you use any recipes from this site on your blog and/or are inspired by them in the making of a dish on your blog, please acknowledge it by attributing a link as a thank you concerning it's source.... THANK YOU.

PS:
No spam or advertizing will ever be plubished here, don't even try as all comments are checked before publishing.
If you want to place an advert here, payment must be arranjed first.

Rico - Tried and Tested Recipes

Hi my name is Rico (short for Ricardo) will regularly add more food content to this blog, all my recipes are tried and tested, as I make them and eat them as well as my family, so I wouldn't give you something that is not good.

Recipes published here, will try to conform to the following criteria:

-Easy to create or bake.
-Will be nutritious, wholesome and healthy as well as economical too.
- Will be varied and inventive, mostly created by me.
-Occasionally I will treat you to some indulgent ones. But just as a treat. lol :)
- If I use other blog recipes will be to pey homenage and I will definitly link it, appreciated if the same is done for mine.

I will try to respond to all comments made, and visit their owners, however I run a no strings attached blog here when I comment on other blogs I do not expect to have them come here the same way I don't accept if I am commented on that the person will expect my visit to their blog, no commitments, but as I said I will try.

I also want this opportunity to say, thank you al that have continuously vsited me and new people visiting me you are the reason why I am here, I am not here just to get numbrs or self publicise, I am here for real friends and real opinions and to be nice to all. THANK YOU ALL :) xx

Don't just visit in a rush...subscribe to a feed, get updated automatically when I put new foods up, it is fun.