My Favourite Beef Recipes
Sometime in September, I made these chicken balls with cheese and I really loved them. Yesterday, I wanted to make the same meatballs but I only had ground beef so I said, why not? Instead of adding white wine, I added red wine and smoked paprika. It tasted extra special. We had it with some steamed Basmati rice.
The meatballs tasted awesome.
Meatballs with Cheese and Red Wine
Preparation Time: 30 minutes; Cooking Time:45 minutes; Makes: 25-35 meatballs depending on size.
- 500g (1Ib) ground beef (minced Meat)
- 1 cup freshly made breadcrumbs (chop 2 slices of bread in a chopper)
- 100g cheese diced into ½ inch cubes (I used Gouda with Jalapeño)
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ cup diced red bell pepper
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- a handful, coriander leaves
- 2 tablespoons cashew nuts or any other soft nuts
- Salt and pepper to taste (for 500g (1Ib) meat)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium red onion chopped
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- ½ cup crushed tomatoes
- ½ cup good quality red wine
- 1 x 400ml can coconut milk
- 1 x 540ml (19fl oz) can white (cannellini) beans, drained
- a handful coriander leaves (cilantro), shredded
- To Make Paste: Combine all ingredients for paste in a small chopper and chop until smooth.
- Combine the ground beef, fresh breadcrumbs and paste in bowl. Mix thoroughly, with a spoon or fork until combined. Form into 25-35 chicken balls placing the diced cheese in the middle. (I made 33 small meatballs)
- Heat a non-stick skillet on the stove top and brush with oil. Brown the meatballs on all sides. Set aside. (please note meatballs are partially cooked at this stage)
- To make sauce: heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until soft. Add the paprika and cook for about a minute. Add the crushed tomatoes, coconut milk and wine and simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes.
- Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for 15 minutes. Then add the white beans, bring back to the boil and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Check seasoning, add the coriander leaves (cilantro) and serve on a bed of rice or with pasta.