Tapa’s Style Meatballs

By Fongolicious - September 16, 2012

Another “winged it” night in the kitchen resulted in some really tasty tapas style meatballs. I say style, as it doesn’t follow a traditional Spanish meatball recipe and definitely can be made “vegetarian” with the substitution of mince meat with egg plant (aubergines), spinach and zucchini. More on this later.

… In other news, tried out my latest purchase – a 11-16mm f2.8 lens. Yep, wide angle! So I can capture everything on the plate at a close distance. I still love my 50mm prime but this adds to the spectrum of lenses. For those who don’t really care about photography, I’ll stop now – after all this is a food blog!

So back to the food! I served this with some fresh baby spinach. However, if its tapa’s you’re going for, then obviously it will accompany your other tapa dishes. Because it has a lot of bread crumbs, this is great on its own without more carbs and is actually pretty light. Enjoy!

500g mince beef
2 eggs
4Tbspn Worcestershire sauce
3Tbpsn tomato sauce (ketchup)
1 to 2 cups bread crumbs (the more breadcrumbs, the less meaty it will be)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
fresh herbs, finely chopped, to taste (eg. parsley, basil, oregano, chives)
Salt & pepper to taste
2 x 400g canned tomatoes, diced
1 tspn sugar
fresh herbs, finely chopped, to taste (eg. parsley, basil, oregano, chives)
knob of butter – about 50g
200g fresh mushrooms, finely sliced
4 to 5 cloves garlic, chopped
Olive oil – keep the bottle out – you’ll need it
Fresh baby spinach to serve
Parmesan cheese to serve

1. In a large bowl, combine mince, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, onion, half the herbs, bread crumbs, salt & pepper. Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed together. Set aside.

2. Under medium heat, in a large fry pan, add butter  and a dash of olive oil. Once butter has melted, add mushrooms and a bit of garlic and half of the remaining herbs. Sauté under slow heat until cooked. Set aside.

3. In the same pan, heat add dash of olive oil under medium to high heat. While pan is heating up, portion meat mixture and form balls with your hands. As you form them, add to pan. Brown off the meatballs. 

4. Stir in canned tomatoes, sugar, remaining garlic and herbs (can save some for garnish). Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes. Add sautéed mushrooms after 15 minutes.

5. Serve 1 to 2 meatballs over a bed of baby spinach. Top with cracked pepper and grated parmesan cheese.

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  1. Lovely ! So fongalicious. I'm going to try it myself.