Meatballs, when anyone thinks of this, its two ways: On top of spaghetti in tomato sauce; Or in a gloopy flavourless gravy with funny spongy balls of ‘meat’, made from dubious origins. These meatballs use a tangy and flavoursome green tomato sauce and spiced meatballs. Happy eating!
For the meatballs:
750 grams of Pork Mince
Half a Bell Pepper and Large Red Onion blended or chopped if preferred,
Mace, a light sprinkling,
Garlic Powder, to taste
Chilli Powder to taste,
Yellow Mustard Seeds, and Fennel Seeds(1 teaspoon each) ground to a powder.
For the sauce:
500 Grams of Green Cherry Tomatoes(you could use fully grown tomatoes)
Half a Large Red Onion
Salt and Black pepper to taste
Fresh Thyme and Basil-
Thyme: Pick leaves using thumb and forefinger; if soft and green, finely chop the whole herb. Chop basil.
Roast tomatoes(Green tomatoes, will taste better roasted, and it helps to take of the skin) and onions for about 40 minutes at 180° or until wrinkly and browned. If you prefer a lighter coloured sauce add the onions halfway through the roasting of the tomatoes, if you don’t want a deeply caramelised and darker sauce.
Separate the caramelised onions into a bowl first and then grab and squeeze the tomatoes-It’s messy work, but fun too! The flesh in the tomatoes should come away easily. Repeat until you have a bowl full of pulp and onions. For an easier way, place everything in a blender, then blend and sieve for a smoother sauce. Set aside.
Place the meat, the blended pepper and onion and spices together. Season with salt and pepper. Mix the meat mixture with hands. Fry a small patty first to test for seasoning. If it has enough, shape into the size of golf ball or thereabouts. Place balls in a baking tray,baking for around 20 minutes on 200°, or until browned and still juicy in the middle, with clear juices.
Pour the sieved tomato pulp, in a pot, with some stock as well. Add sugar if desired. Simmer on a slight boil, with the chopped herbs. After 10 minutes, add the meatballs to warm through and take the flavours of the sauce. Make the sauce thick enough for a pasta like spaghetti etc. Serve with pasta, rice or machuca, and grated smoked german or cheddar cheese. Disfrutalo!!