Pioneer Woman would be proud

I’ve ventured a bit with cooking these last few weeks, trying a whole bunch of new recipes. One of them included Jamie Oliver’s Mountain Meatballs. It’s from his latest recipe book: Jamie’s America.

Here are the basics: For 8 servings you’ll need…

  • 2 onions (Jamie says to take red onions, but I suppose any onion is good as well)
  • 1.2 kg grated meat
  • 1 TSP mustard
  • a handful breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g freshly grated Cheddar
  • seasoning, like caraway, cilantro, pepper, oregano

For the meatballs, cut the onions into small dice and roast in a big pan (about 10 mins). Mix the meat, mustard, oregano, cilantro and caraway. Add the breadcrumbs and the eggs. Season to your liking and make balls, about the size of a golf ball.

Make a hole into each ball and add a bit of the cheese. Close the ball again, so that the cheese cannot slip away.

Put all the balls into a roasting tin and add some oil, so the balls won’t stick to the tin while baking. Then put the tin into the oven and bake for 25-30 mins until golden brown.

While you’re waiting for the balls, you’ll have time to prepare the sauce.

For the sauce you’ll need:

  • 1 onion (red again or any other onion)
  • 2 sweet peppers
  • 1 or 2 chili
  • 6 TSP Worcestersauce or another spicy barbecue sauce
  • 6 TSP ketchup
  • 6 TSP white vine vinegar (the sauce will be red, so you’ll also be able to take any other vinegar)
  • 6 TSP molasses or sugar
  • 2 TSP mustard
  • 400 ml hot coffee (yes, coffee…)
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • seasoning, like sweet pepper, salt, pepper, garlic

Take the pan you used to roast the onions. Cut the onion, sweet peppers and chili into dice and put them into the pan. Add some seasoning, like the sweet pepper  and garlic. Sweat for about 15 mins.

Add the mustard, ketchup, vinegar, melasse/sugar, the sauce, tomatoes and the coffee. Be careful with the coffee. Try the sauce until it tastes to your liking. Bring to boil and cook for 20 mins.

While you’re waiting for the sauce and the meatballs to get ready, you can cook the rice.

If the balls are ready take them out of the oven. Drain the leftover oil and then add the sauce to the tin. Put the tin back into the oven for another 5 mins.

Voilà and bon apetit!

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