Julia’s meat balls
When half term approaches we all have to have millions of ideas to entertain the children, one of my favorite one is cooking, what a surprise!, but funny enough so is for my kids and some of their friends so during half term we always make sure we have a cooking date.
Children do have lots of favorite dishes, but one of the most popular one is Meat balls.
Hope you will enjoy making my recipe
500g mince beef
1 whole egg
Pinch of salt
100g grated parmesan cheese
50g gluten free bread crumb (https://www.coori.co.uk/products/gluten-free-bread-crumbs-500g)
100g of gluten free bread
100ml of milk or alternative to milk
Place the ingredients in a large bowl apart from the bread that need soaking in milk until is nice and wet.
When the bread is ready Mix all of the ingredients with your hand until you obtain a nice smooth meat dough, here is when the children normally have lots of fun ! It is not messy, but they can make their own meat ball, normally all different sizes ant they would probably make them into funny shapes, but that is all part of the fun.
The good thing about meat balls is that you can cook them in different ways, they can be fried in vegetable oil until they are nice and brown, or can be cooked in the oven at 220 for about 30 minutes the first 15 minutes the meat balls need to be covered with foil and the last 15 minutes finish cooking uncovered. They can also be cooked in tomato sauce to recreate the “Lady and the Tramp” memorable pasta moment.
This recipe it has been in my family for 5 generations and even today it creates great family moments. This is probably one of the first things I learnt when I was a little girl and so goes for my own children.
Meat ball are very nutrient and if you are not a big fun of beef you can use any other type of mince, turkey, chicken, pork end even lamb for the vegetarian option you can substitute the meat with mince soya .
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