Showing posts with label minced meat. Show all posts
Showing posts with label minced meat. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs
What can I say... family favourite... without admitting to taking a simple path I have used a bottle of tomato puree that I purchased for this recipe and in the past I have been known to enlist the assistance of Paul Newman and his famous sauce selection. Meatballs are so simple though and they add a flavour to the sauce that makes this dish your own... 



  • In a saucepan put a bottle of your choice of sauce... if using a plain tomato puree you can fry off some minced garlic and finely diced onion first for additional flavour then add your bottle of sauce and a couple of cups of water. Bring to the simmer and add a dash of vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar. 
  • In a bowl place about 500 grams minced meat(I like to use a mixture of pork and beef or you can chose chicken or even minced fish).
  • Add some finely diced onion, lots of chopped fresh herbs, a cup full of freshly grated Parmesan and an egg ...season with salt and pepper.
  • Roll into golf ball sized balls and place them into the simmering sauce. Cook gently until the sauce thickens and the meatballs are cooked through.
  • Serve the meatballs on top of spaghetti or the pasta of your choice that has had a little sauce mixed through it and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Kofta with Saffron Dressing ... Mars Bar Slice...

Beef/Pork Kofta with Saffron Yoghurt Dressing
School Holidays... cooking class activity held with our local Youth Group. Everyone enjoyed preparing, cooking  and eating these yummy Kofta along with a tossed salad and Mars Bar Slice for dessert... nothing left over is a good indication of success and now the kids have been skilled in the art of cooking these themselves at home. So simple even the kids can do it!



  • Into a food processor place 1 roughly chopped brown onion, 1 cup of loosely packed fresh herbs such as coriander, continental parsley and mint... finely process.
  • Next add 1kilo of minced meat... we used 50/50 pork and beef... process again quickly.
  • About 100grams of crumbled feta and two eggs.
  • Finally 1 teaspoon of ground coriander, 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1/2 teaspoon of ground allspice and some salt and pepper.
  • Pulse this mixture to a paste like consistency and then form into sausage shapes around bamboo sticks using about a tablespoon or so of the mix on each. (This mix produced about 17 as pictured)
The Kofta can either be grilled or cooked on a BBQ and the kids did this also.
BBQ time
Saffron Yoghurt Dressing and tossed salad

Saffron Yoghurt Dressing

  • Take 10 threads of saffron and soak them in a tablespoon of hot milk until the milk goes cold.
  • Add this along with a couple of tablespoons of fresh chopped coriander to a 250 gram tub of Greek style yoghurt and there you have it.



Mars Bar Slice
This went so fast I didn't get a photo of the cut pieces... also a huge success... also easily made by the kids at home.




  • Take 75 grams of butter, 1 tablespoon of golden syrup and 4 chopped Mars Bars and gently melt using a double boiler over a low flame until smooth.
  • Add this mixture to 3 cups of rice bubbles and mix quickly.
  •  Place the mix into a lined and greased slice tray and cool while making the topping.
  • Topping is a 200gram block of chocolate and a large knob of butter which is also melted  using a double boiler over a low flame until smooth and then spread across the top of the slice. Set in the refrigerator until the top is hard.

Thank you kids and Lyn the Youth Officer for inviting me to conduct cooking lessons with you. I hope you all found the day as inspiring as I did. I Hope to see you all attending the next planned cooking lessons for this coming term. Excellent effort kids you made the mutual learning a pleasure to be a part of.