It’s that time of year when we crave comfort food. Also having recipes handy for easy midweek meals is high up there on the agenda. This Recipe For Pork Meatballs is a quick and easy homemade recipe. Yet it tastes delicious with pasta or served in wraps.
Pork can be lean and it’s naturally rich in protein and vitamins providing ten of the essential vitamins we need each day but is naturally low in salt. Making healthy midweek meals and being able to cook from scratch is important to me as a mum.
Not only does it allow me to sneak vegetables into sauces, ( yes you still have to do that with teens!) but I can also choose lean meat with a lower fat content and control exactly what my family eats and every single ingredient I put into their food.. Home made always tastes best, and this recipe for pork meatballs tastes amazing.
Super Easy Recipe For Pork Meatballs
Shopping List For Pork Meatballs In Italian Tomato Sauce
For The Meatballs
- 500g lean pork
- 30G breadcrumbs
- A handful of fresh basil
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 egg
- Salt and pepper
- A small bowl of plain flour
For The Italian Sauce
- 25 ml Balsamic Vinegar
- 250 g passata
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
- 1 handful of fresh basil
- Salt and pepper
How To Make Pork Meatballs In Italian Tomato Sauce
Preparing The Meatballs
Firstly prepare all of your ingredients. Break the pork mince up into a bowl and remove any lumps. Chop the onion, I find blending works to get the onion really fine, but don’t go far enough to make the onion watery. Also blend the basil leaves and garlic or chop very finely.
Add the pork mince, onion, basil, garlic, breadcrumbs, salt pepper and egg together into the bowl and mix well to ensure the the mixture is well mixed through.
Weigh your mixture and divide into 12. Now portion your mixture into 12 equal pork meatballs.
As you are forming your meatballs, keep a bowl of flour on the side. The mixture is quite moist, I found occasionally dipping my hands into the flour helped.
Once you have formed your meatball squeeze it tight to compact it and then roll into the flour before placing in a dish. Keep going until all of your meatballs are formed in the dish. Now place the bowl into the fridge and chill the meatballs for half and hour, this stage is very important as it help the meatballs become a little firmer before cooking.
Preparing The Sauce
Place all of the sauce ingredients into an oven proof bowl and leave in the oven on 160°c
Browning And Cooking The Meatballs
To brown the meatballs, place a tablespoon of oil into a pan on medium heat. Keep turning with a pair of kitchen tongs until the outer edge is golden brown. Once they are golden brown transfer to some kitchen paper to absorb the excess cooking oil and then transfer to the ready heated sauce dish, spooning the sauce over the top of the meatballs. Now cook for 30 minutes.
If You Have Fussy Eaters In The House?
Some children and fussy teens don’t like tomato sauce, if this is the case cook a couple of meatballs separately in a dish to serve with pasta and mozzarella. I don’t get it, but my teens are the same the plainer the better! However us adults and non fussy siblings should get to enjoy delicious saucy meals. Its all about portioning off before the sauce stage and then everyone is happy.
Save Even More Time Midweek And Make This Recipe For Pork Meatballs In Batches
This recipe is also super easy to make in batches and freeze. As long as you are using fresh pork mince and not frozen you can make is portion size batches and freeze before cooking. Ensure you allow the recipe to thoroughly defrost before cooking.
For more great recipes head to www.lovepork.co.uk.
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