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Baked Meatballs with Tomatoes

The frequent readers of this blog are aware of 3 things I ❤; chocolate, ribs and meatballs. I have been starting to sort through my cookbooks as I meal plan what we are going to eat for the week. I have come across MANY meatball recipes that stop me in my tracks. I was even...


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Baked Meatballs with Tomatoes
August 4, 2010

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Baked Meatballs with Tomatoes

The frequent readers of this blog are aware of 3 things I ❤; chocolate, ribs and meatballs.

I have been starting to sort through my cookbooks as I meal plan what we are going to eat for the week. I have come across MANY meatball recipes that stop me in my tracks. I was even pondering the idea of doing a “Meatball Monday” segment on this blog, but I’m not sure if I can commit to meatballs once a week… I also have a love of noodles and other dishes that I need to help mix it up a bit.
I was tossing up which Bill Granger meatball recipe to make this week. They sounded similar, but this one included spices like paprika and cumin…so it won on this occasion. You don’t serve these particular meatballs with pasta. I couldn’t really imagine eating them with pasta. The recipe suggests Bill’s roasted chilli potatoes, but I couldn’t really be bothered; so I finished off a bag of chips we had in the freezer that we had left over from steak night.
So what did they taste like?
Surprisingly they had a Mexican flavour to them. Nice and juicy, I wasn’t too sure how big to make them, so they ended up being quite big. Hamsley had trouble putting his finger on the flavour, but towards the end of eating, he blurted out “They taste like burritos!!!”.
I wouldn’t hesitate making these again. They would even be good as fingerfood at a party.
Baked Meatballs with Tomatoes
Bill Granger
500g minced beef or pork and veal
1 small onion
55g fresh white breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander leaves
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
2 red chillies, finely chopped
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon sugarServe with:
Roast potatoes

1. Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F/Gas 7).

2. Combine the meat, onion, breadcrumbs, parsley, coriander, egg, cumin, paprika, half of the chilli and plenty of salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix gently with your hands, then shape into small balls.
3. Toss the meatballs gently in the oil in a roasting tin and bake for 10-15 minutes. Transfer them to a fry pan over medium heat and add the tomatoes, sugar, remaining chilli and some more salt and pepper. Stir the meatballs carefully to coat and then simmer for 20 minutes.
Serve with roast potatoes.
Serves 4-6.


14 comments on “Baked Meatballs with Tomatoes
  1. Mark @ Cafe Campana

    great looking meat balls. I guess cumin and coriander give that distinctive Mexican taste. I think I could easily sit down to a tray of these.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:52 pm
  2. Kristy Sayer

    Oooh yum! These look delicious! Going by what you said, my mumma would LOVE these

    August 4, 2010 at 8:58 pm
  3. penny aka jeroxie

    I had meatballs this week too! They are always a big hit with me.

    August 4, 2010 at 9:20 pm
  4. Steph@LittlePotBelly

    Great looking meatballs. Perhaps you could try serving them in warmed pita/tortilla with some salad and grated cheese! Then it's really a burrito. 🙂 The addition of coriander, cumin and paprika sounds really nice.

    August 4, 2010 at 9:28 pm
  5. Food We Love

    Oooh they look delicious…just the thing for a frosty winter night…yummmmy

    August 5, 2010 at 8:30 am
  6. hollypop

    thinking that these might be nice with sour cream and gauc and corn bread?
    i love meatballs but i've never made them myself. i can't justify the time to do it after a long day when a plate of mince kinda tastes the same. right? haha.

    August 5, 2010 at 8:56 am
  7. Hannah

    Cumin, paparika, coriander and chilli always put me in mind of mexican too 🙂 These look scrumptious – I can't remember the last time I made meatballs!

    August 5, 2010 at 3:05 pm
  8. briony

    I am definitely going to give these ago! The last batch of meatballs I made were awful so I'm looking for a good recipe, and I love burritos. Do you think you could mix beef and pork mince, or would that be weird?

    August 6, 2010 at 12:12 am
  9. Christine@Christine's Recipes

    Aw, yummy dish and gorgeous pictures. I can feel the steam from the freshly cooked meatballs.

    August 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm
  10. Katren

    Looks great Shellie. I love Bill's bake meatballs with tomato & tamarind sauce.

    August 6, 2010 at 8:12 pm
  11. Celeste @ Berrytravels

    Meatballs are good! And yours seems mighty yummy. I don't make meatballs enough. However, I do make heaps of noodles!

    August 7, 2010 at 10:28 am
  12. Iron Chef Shellie

    Hi Mark – Thanks, I would have a tray of them again too 🙂

    Hi Kristy – Well if you make them for her, I hope she likes them!

    Hi Penny – Yay, another meatball fan =D

    Hi Steph – Thanks, yes I think serving them in a tortilla is a fantastic idea! Great suggestion =D

    Hi Food We Love – Thanks, winter night food indeed!

    Hi Hollypop – Oh man, sour cream, guac and corn bread would go FANTASTICALLY well with these. I'm going to try that next time.
    hehe plate of mince does taste the same, it's just more fun in ball form!

    Hi Hannah – Thanks! You need more meatballs in your life 😛

    Hi Briony – Yes,hopefully they will taste better than those one with biscuits! I'm sure beef and pork will be fine =D

    Hi Christine – Thanks =D I had Hamsley fanning the steam so I could get a good shot!

    Hi Katren – Thanks! I'll have to try that recipe, thanks for the link!

    Hi Celeste – I couldn't agree more! And there is nothing wrong with lots of noodles either!

    August 9, 2010 at 11:56 am
  13. Conor @ Hold the Beef

    Burritos meatballs sounds awesome. I am seconding the addition of guac to this meal! Great photos too 🙂

    Meatball Monday you say? You could always do this but alternate it with Meatfree Monday 😉

    August 9, 2010 at 5:14 pm
  14. Agnes

    Maybe you should do a Monthly Meatball Monday segment? 🙂 Your readers need more meatball posts!

    August 9, 2010 at 9:44 pm
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