I’d never really grown up with meatballs; we’d always had spaghetti and it wasn’t until we had a little grub milling around who was funny about the texture of mince, that I thought about meatballs. And man; had I been missing out! These truly are marvellous! There’s something about chewing down on a juicy meatball, rather than having spaghetti sauce slopping all over the place, that’s really satisfying. Well…to me anyway!
I needed to ensure our boy had meat at least three times a week for his iron needs and he was interested in starting to feed himself. These hit two birds with one stone; he enjoyed them and he could do it without my help. My spaghetti bolognese would have to wait – he hated the texture but the meatballs were different as I run the mince through the food processor first.
These are really versatile as the flavours here aren’t overpowering so I can add them to any sauce I’ve got on hand. They’re also great for those busy nights after daycare where I need to grab something quickly out of the freezer. My experimenting in the kitchen ended with these bad boys that all of us really enjoy.
They’re great if you’re looking for finger food ideas as they can be served on their own. But, they’re equally good served over pasta or mashed potato with a tomato passata sauce. Drizzle over some grated cheese…yum! They’re also good for snacks on the go as they taste just fine at room temperature/slightly cool. Enjoy!
- 500gm mince
- 100gm feta
- 1 courgette, finely grated
- 2 tbsp. tomato paste
- 1 egg
- 1 very small red onion
- Oil for frying
- Finely chop the onion and place in a food processor along with the mince and tomato paste. Whizz around until the mince has broken down a bit more and the ingredients are well incorporated. Place in a mixing bowl.
- To the mince mixture, add the courgette and egg and mix well
- Crumble the feta and stir through.
- Form the mixture in to balls about the size of 1 tbsp and fry until brown on both sides and cooked through