Wednesday, 1 May 2013

How to make homemade meatballs with minced beef


Hello dearies!
Hope you are having a wonderful May Day Work free day….whoop! Whoop! . I must say, it came at a very convenient time for me because the whole Fam stayed home today to enjoy the meatballs I made early this morning. When I was done with the meat balls, I made a simple tomato sauce to go with it - Everyone enjoyed it. Then the heavy rain……Sweet Jeezzz!!! It made the weather sooooo freaking cool which is a far cry from the harsh naija Sun we've been putting up with. I got the minced meat I used from the Shoprite Shopping Mall (I went to the one at ikeja). They’ve always got fresh and Very affordable goods. I got the pack of minced beef for 599Naira and guess what, they even gave me my 50+50kobo change…..lol!!!.

If you don't have where to buy minced meat, you could also grind your meat.This is really easy to do if you have a mincer, Grinder/ food processor. It also saves a whole lot of stress and money.
To start, Wash the meat thoroughly with clean water then slice off the elastic muscles with a sharp Knife. Most times the grinder is not able to grind this part of the meat. Dice the meat into smaller chunks and place in the grinder - Grind. To skip this process, simply get minced meat.

Homemade meatballs recipe:
• Prep time:
 30 minutes
• Cook time: 5 minutes
• Total time: 35 minutes
• Makes :      25 Meatballs
• Misc.:         Serve Hot
Ingredients:::
•500g Minced meat (beef) 
•2 tbsp. Ground red pepper 
•1 Egg (Slightly beaten) 
•¼ Onion (diced) 
•5 cloves Garlic (Minced) 
•1 Seasoning cube(Crushed) 
•1 tsp. Salt 
•1 cup Vegetable oil


Preparation:::

1. Combine the Minced meat, Pepper, Chopped Onion, minced Garlic, whisked Egg, Stock cube & Salt together in a bowl

2. Mix thoroughly making sure you combine everything together



3. Wash your hands thoroughly and scoop a tbsp. of the mixture into the palm of your hands; Roll into smooth balls (It comes out fine when rolled with wet hands) 


4. Place the rolled balls on a flat plate and leave to set on the counter top for about 15 mins


5. 10 minutes into the set time of the rolled balls, pour the vegetable oil into a dry pan and leave to heat on the burner for 5 mins on medium heat 



6. Gently drop the rolled balls into the hot oil in the pan and leave to fry for about 5 mins till golden brown, making sure you turn intermittently.



7. Scoop out the meat balls and place in a plate.


8. Serve with any dish or prepare a light tomato sauce to go with it. If you’ve got stew…..Well, That’d do perfectly J.

Kitchen notes:

- The secret to perfect meatballs that don’t fall apart is the size. Roll out small portions.


- To keep the meatballs from falling apart or sticking to the pan, its always advisable to drop them into hot oil. This makes it firm up as soon as it gets into the oil



- The egg serves as a binding agent. Make sure its incorporated well into the mixture

- Make sure the garlic, onions are diced finely. This is so you wouldn’t have trouble making the meat stick together 

- Don’t crowd the pan, fry them adequately spaced out

  
*** I made a light Capsicum tomato sauce to go with the meatballs. Click to view the preparation process
Light Capsicum tomato sauce with meatballs
Meatballs in light Capsicum tomato sauce 
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64 comments:

  1. Hi Dobby. Thanks for welcoming me back. I am sorry for not following you all these while, because I wasn't a food person. I have now decided to be a food person, and follow you. Lol

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    1. Thanks for turning a new leaf :)...lol! Please don't disappear again, i luv reading your articles :D.

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  2. Besides, your blog pics are so presentable. I feel like eating the pictures sef.

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    1. My sentiments exactly!

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    2. awww!!! Thanks :D.

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    3. Anonymous2:37 am

      LOL

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  3. Thanks so much for your comment today! Of course I am now following you! I love this blog and could use this blog in my life! Hope you visit again and follow me if you wish!

    Have a great night! xx Pip

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    1. Now following back :)....Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. I love these meatballs. They look yummy.

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    1. They sure are eya :)

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  5. hmmm,am salavating,dis must be very delicious. I ll love to try it but my challenge is where to get minced meat.i live in kaduna and we dont ve shoprite here.is there a way i can do it?i also loue d crips and simple layout of ur blog.very pleasing to d eyes

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    1. Hmmm!!! That's a serious one. i actually assumed Shoprite had malls in major states in nigeria. i have this friend who prepares minced meat at home without a mincing machine. This he does by dicing it into small bits again and again. That's after tenderizing and soaking it in water for a while. it works like magic but takes alot of time and energy.....Hope this helps :).

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    2. Thanks for the compliments on the layout...i'm glad you like it :)

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    3. I stay in kaduna also! U can get it at S n S plaza in barnawa or dilenma

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  6. Yum! I'm actually making meatballs right now... though i add bread crumbs and some chilli to mine.

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    1. Hmmm!!! dats new....Do you have the recipe with step by step pictures? Pls do send to me @ dobbyssignature@gmail.com. I'm sure lots of people would love to know how it's prepared ummi :)

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  7. Lovely. The meatballs look so moist. Now, I am craving spaghetti with meatballs soaked in tomato sauce. Yum! I just might make this, this weekend. Dobby, how does one preserve leftover meatballs? Is it better to preserve the raw meatballs or does one fry and freeze? Which do you think is better?

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    1. When storing meatballs, certain factors have to be taken into consideration such as the container its stored in, temperature and time. Either way(Cooked or raw), Meatballs are made of minced meat so the best method of preservation is by placing them in air tight plastic bags and freezing. That way it could stay for up to 2-3 months.

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  8. manita10:12 pm

    I love u dobby (no homo).... Its d food actually.... But na u dey cook d food na, so I luv both'a ya. *drooling over dis pictures* good job ma

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    1. hahahaha!!!!! Thanks manita :D.

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  9. This is so yum!!! love meatballs when it's pure beef, no porks...

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    1. It sure is. I also prefer my meat balls alone.

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  11. I'm so loving this blog!

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  12. Yummy sweetie..I wish you can text this!

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  13. can meatballs be oven cooked instead of fried? Trying to explore the healthier alternative

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    1. Yes fluffy, Meatballs can be oven-baked. They are usually crispy and go quite well with tomato sauce

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  14. can meatballs be oven cooked?

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  15. Anonymous11:03 am

    Hello Dobby; Am a first this visitor to this blog. I have a question; can this same recipe be used to make burgers?

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    1. Yes it can Anon! One thing though, For burgers, roll out larger balls and flatten it with a spatula so it would look like a thick disc. Fry in some oil (Don't deep fry else it'd scatter).

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  16. The meatball is called Kheema is India the taste and the different style of the recipes are different and yup i liked the recipe from which it is done of a meat. A different recipe with the deep fried minced meat. I loved the recipe and the images.

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    1. I'm glad you like it, thank you :)

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  17. Can I wrap the meat ball in flour?

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    1. Haven't tried that before, but this recipe doesn't require flour.

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  18. Anonymous7:21 pm

    Yum! Just to let you know - you lose NO favor, and it's MUCH healthier, if instead of frying in oil, you fry it in its OWN oils that is already naturally there. Try it and write about it! Good luck!

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    1. Would do that and write about it. Thanks for the suggestion Anon!

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  19. onyeka maryjane12:11 am

    Hi dobby,I must say you've really got me inspired with your wonderful delicacies. Please how do I follow you? I can't find any "follow button".

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    1. Hi onyeka,
      you can simply follow by clicking the "join this site" button by the right hand side of the blog OR Via the Social media buttons within the post :)

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  20. Anonymous11:50 am

    Hi dobby, a fantastic blog u got here and am reaaly impressed. Pls is dis d same meatballs done for small chops at events ?

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    1. Thank you Anon! It sure is though the recipe might differ with added or less ingredients...it all depends.

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  21. genny1:58 pm

    Can dis meat balls be prepared with cornbeef plssss?

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    1. Hi Genny, sure it can be used for meatballs.

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  22. Anonymous2:08 pm

    Testimony: My husband is just too selective and I always crack my head to cook for him, yet he just doesn't feel it but I did this yesternite and he was full of admiration. I want to pass the appreciation to you too. Thanks for these good works.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback Anon :), glad it turned out fine.

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  23. Anonymous2:10 pm

    In Addition, I took some for my colleague and they were thrilled.

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    1. That's so cool! Do send in a pic so i can share with the blog fam k :)

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  24. Pls can this meatballs substitute for ground beef used in burgers?

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  25. I used to think 'homemade meatballs' were such an ordeal... now, it is just an easy weeknight dinner.

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    1. it sure is simple to make.

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  26. wow! very nice food. I like this food. Thanks for sharing this blog. I did a search and found your blog and glowing review. It's been a big help! Thanx!

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    1. You're welcome Sandra

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  27. Would not be finished with the help of a good grinding machine. Loved the recipe, will be in my supper for this weekend.

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    1. Do keep us posted jimmy :)

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  28. Jessica6:58 am

    My friend is from Nigeria and I think she made these meatballs for me before but they had a boiled egg in them....is there a different recipe for those?

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    1. Hi jessica, that's known as scotched egg here in Nigeria. It's different from this.

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  29. Hello Dobby,
    This is such a tasty and healthy recipe. Thank you for your nice sharing. The food looked yummy. I liked to eat this types of spicy food to eat.

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    1. You're welcome Jason.

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