Mediterranean meat balls in tomato sauce

Easy made and many ways to use

Mediterranean meat balls served with penne

For 4 people

400g     minced chicken (you can also use pork or beef)
1kg        tomatoes (u should use a sort with a lot of flavor)
150ml water or chicken broth
50g       grated pecorino or parmesan cheese
1            fresh chili
2            red onion
2            cloves of garlic
2            branches of thyme
2            tablespoons fresh oregano (or dried if you don’t get it fresh)
2            tablespoons polenta
1            egg yolk
1            teaspoon honey
Salt and ground black pepper

1. Chop the onions and garlic finely (save one of each for the sauce and put aside in a small bowl); do the same with the herbs and chili.

herbs for meat balls

Give the minced meat in a bowl with the herbs, garlic, onions, chili, polenta and egg yolk and mix it well. Add the grated cheese, salt and pepper and mix again well. Afterwards form the meat mass into bite sized balls.

meat balls raw

2. Cut tomatoes in cubes (1cm) and put aside. Heat up a pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil and add the meat balls. When the balls get brown on the bottom side (after 2-3 minutes), turn them around until they are evenly browned and crispy. Add the garlic and onion u saved before and let them roast with the meat balls for 1-2 minutes. Add tomato cubes, honey and chicken broth or water and let the sauce simmer for 10-15 minutes.

meat balls in pan

3. You can add more chopped herbs and ground black pepper if you like. Season to taste with salt and pepper and enjoy!

I served the meat balls with penne, because I’m a huge pasta lover. But the fit also well with rice, or potatoes. You can also make a casserole out of them.

 

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