Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

How to make perfect meatballs

meatballs copy.jpg

One of the more easily achieved elements of a gangster's lifestyle is their rich Italian cuisine.

While you may never gain the respect of minions or put someone in your car boot, creating a perfect dish of meatballs is reassuringly within your reach.

You might need our help first. We spoke to the chefs at delicious "small plates" restaurant Assaggetti, who gave us this unbeatable recipe.

If you don't like it then we fully expect a horse's head tomorrow morning.

Recipe for 4

500 grams of lean minced beef

50 grams parmesan

2 egg yolks (medium)

500 grams peeled tomato / or canned tomatoes

200 grams of white sliced bread

½ medium sized onion

2 cloves of garlic (chopped)

1 small brunch of parsley (chopped)

1 medium chilli

Olive oil

Salt & pepper

Method

Meatballs

1. Add the bread to a bowl and add just enough water to cover and leave for 5 minutes to soak.

2. Add the mince, egg yolks, parsley, (put some to one side for a garnish) parmesan, bread and a pinch of salt to a mixing bowl and mix all together by hand until all the ingredients are moulded together

3. Pre-heat the oven

4. Once the ingredients are well mixed together separate into 12 balls (size of a golf ball)

5. Place the balls on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, put in to the centre of the oven and cook for 10 minutes at 200 degrees and leave to rest

Tomato sauce

1. Peel and chop the half onion, tomatoes (if using fresh tomatoes), chopped chilli, season to taste and simmer on a medium heat for 10 minutes

2. Add the cooked meat balls to the pan with the tomato sauce and cook for a further 5 minutes or until the meat balls are heated through

3. Arrange 3 balls per person on a serving plate and cover with the tomato sauce and garnish with chopped parsley

(Image: Rex Features)

Related

pasta.jpg

How to make the perfect pasta sauce

pizzarex.jpg

How to create the perfect pizza at home

burger3.jpg

How to make the perfect burger

Comments

More

Easter even caters for Buckfast lovers now

Sounds like they're racking up orders

by Matt Tate
22 Mar 2017

Tesco is axing a load of beer brands because of Brexit

Thanks everybody

by Gary Ogden
22 Mar 2017

This shop sells Liquorice Allsort and Chocolate Orange sandwiches

Is this really a thing?

by Alex Finnis
21 Mar 2017

Cry into your caviar: Waitrose is making it harder to get free coffee

What on earth would the Queen think?

by Gary Ogden
21 Mar 2017

Heineken are launching an alcohol-free lager

They say it'll be the best-tasting on the market

by Gary Ogden
20 Mar 2017

2017's worst news yet: Wetherspoon's prices are increasing

You've gone too far this time, world

by Gary Ogden
13 Mar 2017

Giant Kinder Eggs have arrived in time for Easter

And yes, you still get a toy

by Matt Tate
09 Mar 2017

'Reverse searing' is apparently the best way to cook a steak

You're going to want to try this

by Matt Tate
09 Mar 2017

These men just hit their 20,000th pub on the world's longest pub crawl

A mere 33 years and 46,632 pints (each) later

by Gary Ogden
06 Mar 2017

The British public have voted mushroom as the best pizza topping

Mushroom? MUSHROOM?!

by Alex Finnis
06 Mar 2017