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28 December 2012,04:38 by
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MEAT BALLS IN RED WINE SAUCE

Serves :
4

Preparation Time :
30 minutes

Cooking Time :
1 hour 30 minutes

Preparation Method :

  • Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180°C/350°F.
  • Place the breadcrumbs in a bowl then add the milk and leave the breadcrumbs to soak for 30 minutes.
  • Put half the margarine in a saucepan, add the flour and cook, stir it for 2 minutes taking care not to let the mixture burn.
  • Stir in the beef stock and wine and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato puree and chopped basil.
  • Season well and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add the chopped shallots, minced beef and paprika to the breadcrumbs and mix it thoroughly.
  • Season it with a little salt and pepper. Using floured hands, shape the beef into 14 large even sized meat balls.
  • Heat the oil and remaining margarine in a large frying pan, add the meat balls and cook until they are brown all over.
  • Place the meat balls in a deep casserole dish, pour over the red wine sauce, cover and bake in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the meat balls from the oven, allow them to cool for 5 minutes, garnish with the sprigs of fresh basil, and serve.

INGREDIENTS

  • 250 grams white breadcrumbs 
  • 150 ml semi-skimmed milk 
  • 50 grams low-fat margarine 
  • 50 grams whole meal flour 
  • 200 ml Rich Beef Stock 
  • 150 ml claret 
  • 6 tomatoes, peeled and chopped 
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil 
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste) 
  • 12 shallots, peeled and chopped 
  • 450 grams minced rump steak
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoons Cooking oil
  • A few whole sprigs of fresh basil

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