Christopher: ‘Who doesn’t love good meaty balls….’
This simple hearty Spanish stew is great for entertaining as it takes minimal effort and it’s easy to make loads . Stuff as much veg in as you like maybe an extra carrot or two to make this already healthy dish even better for you.
This dinner dish takes: Roughly 1 and a half hours including meatball making!
500g pork mince
One red onion diced
Two peppers any colour diced
Three garlic cloves crushes
Two tablespoons paprika
Teaspoon of thyme
Teaspoon of garlic granules
Table spoon of tomato puree
Two cans of Chopped tomatoes
One teaspoon of Sugar
Handful of Chopped flat leaf parsley
Two sticks(?) of celery cut into small chunks
Big crusty bread
Can of butter beans
Can of cannellini beans
Worchestshire sauce (optional, well its all optionally really no ones making you cook. Order a pizza if you like )
One egg beaten
Plain white flour enough to coat your balls… 😉
1. Take your meat; mix in the garlic granules, thyme and a teaspoon of paprika. In your hands roll into small meatballs – should make about 18.
2. Dip your balls into the beaten egg and then coat in seasoned flour. Then do the same with the pork. 😉
3. In a hot frying pan with a splash of olive oil fry the meatballs until golden brown all over, turning to ensure even cooking.
4. Meanwhile in a large saucepan or stewing pot cook the onion and garlic for a few minutes until soft, then add the celery and pepper and cook for around 5 minutes.
5. Add in the meatballs; the remaining paprika, the puree and the chopped tomatoes.
6. Bring to the boil and add the beans, sugar and a good glug or Worcestershire sauce if you like.
7.Turn down the heat and leave to simmer for 40 minutes to an hour stirring occasionally, seasoning as you go.
8. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with thick crusty bread.
This dish serves:
4 OR 2 if like us you save some for lunch!
Did you add any extra vegetables to this dish, or change up the flavouring? (Zoë prefers it spicy!). Let us know in the comments below.