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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Mushroom Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce

Succulent meatballs swimming in a sea of easy-to-make tomato sauce! This is comfort food at its finest. Frying the meatballs first will seal in the flavours, and the brightness of the fresh basil at the end ties it all together.

1 pound white mushrooms, finely diced
1 pound ground beef
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup Italian parsley, finely minced
2 egg yolks
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1-2 tablespoons lard, butter, or ghee, for frying the meatballs

1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

1. In a large mixing bowl, use your hands to combine the mushrooms, beef, garlic, Italian parsley, egg yolks, salt, and pepper.
2. Shape the meat mixture into meatballs that are slightly larger than a golf ball.
3. In a large sauté pan, heat the lard, butter, or ghee over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs to the hot pan, and brown them on all sides.
4. Remove the browned meatballs from the pan, and set them aside.
5. Make the sauce by adding the tomatoes, olive oil, basil, and salt and pepper to taste to the same pan used for the meatballs. Cook over medium heat, and bring the sauce to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
6. Add the meatballs to the simmering sauce, cover, and simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked all the way through.
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 5-6

Colder winter months seem to make this lovely recipe taste even more delicious.
Try it and see !

Thanks to Sarah at Everyday Paleo for this recipe idea - link to her blog is here
All the best Jan


Jo said...

It looks delicious but it would have to be one I made for myself as not one member of my family will touch mushrooms whereas I love them.

Anonymous said...

Could you use chestnut mushrooms instead of white?

Nikki (Sarah) said...

looks like a great recipe

Lowcarb team member said...

Jo ....many thanks for your comment - this is a lovely recipe so yes treat yourself !

Susie .... some I know have used chestnut mushrooms and it worked fine.

Nikki(Sarah) .... thanks for stopping by, this is a lovely winter recipe and easy to do.


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All the best Jan