It’s St Patrick’s Day – so cook up a feast! Irish stew inspired meatballs with colcannon & champ

Simply #MeatballDeli-cious!

It’s St Patrick’s Day so why not celebrate with Irish stew inspired meatballs, colcannon & champ?!

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To make the meatballs – mix together minced lamb + finely sliced spring onions + chopped parsley + S&P

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Roll the meatballs in flour and fry until golden

Drain off any excess fat

Cover the meatballs with lamb stock and braise until tender

Add a sprig of thyme if you like

Add baby carrots 15 minutes before the end of cooking time

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Prepare a batch of creamy mashed potatoes

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Add cooked kale for the colcannon

Not forgetting the traditional ‘well’ of melting butter!

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Add sliced spring onions for the champ

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Once the sauce has reduced to a gravy consistency serve generous portions alongside the champ & colcannon, & sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley

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A slice of buttered soda bread to accompany is a must, and a Guinness, if you’re in the mood!

May the luck of the Irish enfold you”!

For more meatball ideas visit:

Meatball Deli  |  www.meatball-deli.co.uk   |  For the love of meatballs!

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Beef, pork & chive meatball Guinness pie

It’s British Pie Week so celebrating with our favourite original recipe – hearty beef, pork and chive meatball Guinness pie with parsley pastry!

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Scandi-licious Saturday lunch! Swedish style meatballs

Scandi-licious Saturday lunch!

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Beef and pork Swedish style meatballs with soured cream gravy
Beetroot, apple, dill, chive and parsley salad
Braised red cabbage

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Cypriot style meatballs | Keftedes – with tzatziki & pitta

Cypriot style meatballs | Keftedes – with tzatziki & pitta

Cypriot style meatballs - Keftedes

Mix together: free range/organic pork mince + grated potato (with water squeezed out) + finely sliced spring onions + finely chopped fresh mint + pinch dried mint + sea salt

Roll the mix into balls and refrigerate for 30 minutes

Cypriot style meatballs - Keftedes

Shallow fry in olive oil until cooked through and golden

Cypriot style meatballs - Keftedes

For pittas:

240ml warm water
2 teaspoons dry yeast
400g  flour ( 1/4 wholemeal + 3/4 plain white is a good mix)
Good  pinch or two of sea salt
Drop of honey
Glug of olive oil
Mix water + yeast + honey & leave to froth up for five minutes
Add to the flour and knead for 7- 10 minutes
Cover and leave in a warm place for 90 – 120 minutes or until doubled in size
When ready divide into 8 pieces & roll into 7″ – 8″ rounds
Place on pre-heated baking tray and cook @ 210C for around 3 minutes
The pitta will puff up and when fully ‘ballooned’ is ready

Cypriot style meatballs - Keftedes

Serve with the freshly made pitta bread + tzatziki

Works very well with chicken mince too

For more meatball ideas visit:

Meatball Deli  |  www.meatball-deli.co.uk   |  For the love of meatballs!

Still on the IndoChinese food theme – Vietnamese pork balls & chilli dipping sauce

Vietnamese pork balls

Lunch for 2

Mix together 250g minced pork + 3 big cloves of garlic (crushed) + 1 finely sliced shallot/large spring onion + small bunch finely shredded coriander + 1 finely chopped red chilli + 1 finely sliced lemongrass stalk + splash of fish sauce + sprinkle of sea salt + pinch of brown sugar

Roll into balls & pan fry until cooked through

For the chilli dipping sauce/dressing mix together 1 finely sliced large spring onion + 1 finely sliced red chilli + 1 small garlic clove crushed + 4 tblspns rice wine vinegar + ½ tblspn fish sauce  + pinch of brown sugar

Vietnamese pork balls

Vietnamese pork balls

Vietnamese pork balls

Serve with rice noodles etc – v low fat & gluten free!

Any leftovers = tasty snack for later!

Vietnamese pork balls

Merguez meatballs

merguez meatballs

Merguez meatballs – makes around 16 walnut-sized meatballs

250g organic minced lamb
50g organic minced beef
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
½ teaspoon coriander seeds
1 dessert spoon sweet paprika
½ teaspoon cayenne (or to taste)
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander
Sea salt
Olive oil

For the merguez spice mix:
Dry fry the cumin, fennel and coriander seeds for a minute or so, until they become fragrant.
Tip into a mini herb blender (or pestle and mortar) and blend/pound to a fine consistency.
Add the paprika, cayenne, pepper and salt.

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Meatballs:
Put the lamb and beef in a mixing bowl along with the merguez spice, minced garlic, chopped parsley and coriander, and mix well.
Test the seasoning of the meat mix by frying half a teaspoon of the mixture in oil. Adjust the seasoning, as required. At this stage, along with any extra, salt, paprika, cayenne you might like to add to suit your palate, you can use ready-ground cumin/coriander rather than prepare more toasted seeds.

Once you are happy with the flavour, shape the mixture into walnut-size balls and put in the freezer for 30 minutes (or refrigerate for an hour) before cooking – this stage is optional but does help the meatballs to retain their shape when fried.
Remove the meatballs from the freezer/fridge and shallow fry in olive oil, until cooked through. Shaking the pan, to ‘roll’ the meatballs, will help them keep their sphere shape.

Enjoy these meatballs:
Braised in a butter bean, garlic, saffron, red pepper and spinach soup drizzled with harissa oil

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Slow-cooked in a tomato, paprika and roasted red pepper sauce

merguez meatballs
With homemade flatbreads, Moroccan yoghurt, cucumber and lemon dip, broad bean, tahini, garlic and coriander dip or spiced carrot puree

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broadbean and tahini

Organic chicken, Parmesan & basil meatballs

Organic chicken, Parmesan & basil meatballs – YUM!
www.meatball-deli.co.uk

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