Holy shitballs? Holy spitballs? Holy dickballs? Holy suckballs?! Hmm you will never know the mind of lisey. That’s for me to know and for you to never work out. He he!
I am not a fan of the word amazeballs. I just want to roll my eyes whenever someone exclaims something is amazeballs. Like roooily are you 12 years old ? Just not a fan, can’t explain it really, so I am sorry if you like being amazeballs.
Bit of a random day today. I saw my friend Tamara’s balls and I was instantly jealous. I wanted some of her amazing delicious meaty balls. Get your heads out of the gutters people not THOSE kinds! She made some meatballs for brekkie and I thought hmmmm I need to make some kind of meaty ball thing for a meal this week.
So after training at the gym tonight, I came home and I threw in a roast lamb leg in the oven complete with rosemary, whole garlic cloves, salt and pepper. Why am I cooking a roast dinner at this time of night? Duh leftovers! Lamb is awesome for sandwiches (if you still eat bread, leftover roast dinners, soups and great with eggs!)This delight will cook for the next 2 hours in the hot oven while I get started on the meatballs. Meatballs are awesome. Quick, easy and satisfying. Plus you can throw absolutely anything in it! I call them Anything Meatballs!
I literally just grabbed whatever I could find in the fridge and cupboard and threw it all together and hoped for the best. And man these babies turned out fabulous! I will share with you my recipe for cooking delicious juicy meatballs.
You will need a food processor, frying pan (preferable non stick), large bowl, a few pairs of disposible gloves. (Yes Doctor, you dont want to handle raw meat and get scunge all through your nails, blergh) and the most important, Da da da dah! Please see below.
Coconut oil is boss.
Not sure if that is worse than amazeballs but it’s up there! LOL!
I go through a jar every few weeks. I keep meaning to buy a bigger jar but only have enough to get a small jar each time. Maybe someone can get me a fancy yummy jar for Christmas? I love Coconut Magic, that is my all time favourite coconut oil. But alas, I just have to buy what is available when I can. This stuff has so many cool health benefits. You can also use it on your skin as a cleanser, moisteriser, makeup remover its fabulous!
Anyways I am drifting away from the subject. Anyhoo. Meatballs. Right. Let’s go.
- 1kg beef mince (I just went to Stapletons, but any decent butcher will do)
- 3 x organic free range eggs
- 1 x brown onion cut into quarters
- half a punnet small egg tomatoes
- 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 3 cloves garlic
- a few tablespoons cumin seeds
- a few tablespoons paprika
- 1 bunch dill
- salt & cracked pepper
- coconut oil to grease your pan
- Get out your funky food processor and throw in your garlic cloves, onion chunks, dill and your tomatoes. Watch them get all sliced up looking salsa-rey and chunky. Awesome. You want everything all chopped up fine and delicious but some chunks are okay.
- Throw your processed tomatoey mixture into a large bowl. Add your beef mince, 3 eggs, paprika a few tablespoons, a few tablespoons of cumin seeds, parmesan cheese salt and pepper (more is better than not enough just keep twisting your shakers until all the meat is covered with enough seasonings. (Put on your gloves) and mix those babies until well combined. You want a kind wet consistency but not dry. make pattie shapes and set aside (makes about 13-14 meatballs)
- Preheat your frying pan or skillet to medium to high heat. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil and wait for a minute or two before adding your meatballs in one at a time. It should look like this.
I remember my friend Jason telling me a trick when making meatballs. He used to throw in a jar of chopped tomatoes into the meat mixture. It keeps it juicy and moist. And you know what he was right. It does keep them delicious and juicy without it tasting like the tomato is taking over if that makes sense. A really good tip that I have continued to do since that afternoon. I stole your idea Jase. Ha ha!
Okay the problem with these is they are super delicate. They dont have any binding agents like flour or gluten. So be gentle when you flip! Cook the meatballs on a longer heat for agesss. maybe up to 10 mins a side depends on your cooker and the temperature of your pan. But the longer you cook each side, it kinda forms a hard brown crust so when you flip your pattie it doesn’t fall everywhere and look feral. But I did stuff one up and it looked like a dogs breakfast but the rest held their shape. You may have to cook 2-3 batches of meatballs for the family, depending on the size of your frying pan. I only cooked 2 batches. 3 meatballs for a hungry man with mashed potato/carrot/zucchini/creamcheese on the side and 1 meatball for a lady who didn’t feel like eating much after training!
The end result? Delicious. The perfect combination of salty, juicyness and flavour. I could taste the cheese, dill and tomato. It was all beautiful. Not bad for a random meal ay? So excited, this could be one of my favourite to go to meals for the week.
I hope this could be one of your favourite meals too! I imagine it would be great for kids. The meatballs dont have any huge vegetable chunks, flavour isn’t overpowering and would be perfect for fussy eaters. And NOOO you can’t taste any coconut! It’s perfect for frying it does not overpower the food.
Serve meatballs with mashed cauliflower or potato if you eat them, steamed veggies or a salad.
How hilarious. As soon as I have finished this blog, the oven bell calls. My roast lamb is ready for resting. Soon I will portion up for breakfasts, lunches, snacks whatEVs.
Seriously not hungry.