How to make it

  • If your meat is not already minced, whiz it up in a food processor to the required consistency and place it in a bowl.
  • Add the bread crumbs, dried oregano, cumin, coriander, chile, rosemary, and egg to the minced meat and season with a good pinch of salt and a good twist of black pepper.
  • Mix well, and with wet hands, roll, and pat into meatballs the size and shape you want. (These can be cooked straight away or put on greaseproof paper, covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 1 day.)
  • Preheat the oven to 400¼F. Preheat a thick-bottomed casserole to a very hot temperature.
  • Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil, swirl around the bottom of the pan, and add your meatballs.
  • Fry them until they are brown all over, being careful not to break them up but just moving the pan around so that all sides of the meatballs get nicely colored.
  • Meanwhile, to make your tomato sauce, fry the onion and garlic in a little oil.
  • Add the dried oregano and tomatoes, rip in the basil leaves, season, and gently simmer for a few minutes.
  • Turn the heat down, and pour over the meatballs with the mozzarella and grated Parmesan.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and cook in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the cheese is golden.
  • Serve with the cooked and drained spaghetti.
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings

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    " It was good "
    pointsevenout ate it and said...
    Made this again. Have some pictures this time.
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    " It was good "
    pointsevenout ate it and said...
    Good meat balls but the sauce was a little lackluster. Guess that shows off the flavor of the meat balls better.

    Could only find smoked mozzarella at the store without buying the pre-shredded type. It added a distinct offset flavor to the meat and pasta flavor.

    Sorry I didn't get any pictures. The meal was coming together too fast.

    The destructions said to make the meatballs in the oven but the way it sounded to me is that you make these on the stovetop. So I browned the meatballs on the range and when I added the sauce and cheese, popped the pan in the oven to bake while the pasta was boiling.

    Mother had two helpings. Don't need to translate that for you.
    See also: Italian Meat Balls
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  • misslionheart 12 years ago
    Woah! Just gets better! lol
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  • juliecake 12 years ago
    A nice change from the meatball recipe I currently use. Thanks!
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    " It was excellent "
    bluewaterandsand ate it and said...
    Oh, my daughter will love this one!
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