Little Meatballs in Rich Cheese Sauce


Here I am, at the last post from this marvelous book, Josceline Dimbleby’s “Marvellous Meals with Mince”, 1982. I followed this recipe too, light years away and enjoyed it very much. I am not into mince meat but these recipes made it so delicious and easy, thanks to  the wonderful cookery writer Josceline Dimbleby. Thank you. 🙂

Today it is all about cheesy cheese and if you ask me, this recipe reminds me a lot of a pizza. Just imagine the swimming meatballs in a cheese sauce that melts away and elongates as you extract a meatball, just like a pizza. Isn’t it deliciously nice looking?

Little Meatballs in Rich Cheese Sauce

Many little meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 350 g/ 3/4 lb beef mince
  • 100 g/ 4 oz semolina
  • 2 rounded tbsp/ 4×15 ml tomato puree
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
  • 2 tsp/ 2×5 ml oregano
  • 1 tbsp/ 15 ml oil or fat for frying
  • sare si piper negru

For the sauce:

  • 25 g/ 1 oz butter
  • 2 rounded tbsp/ 4×15 ml plain flour
  • 600 ml/ 1 pint milk
  • 225 g/ 8 oz grated cheese
  • 150 ml/ 5 fl oz carton of soured cream
  • 1/4 – 1/2 whole nutmeg, grated
  • salt and black pepper
  • grated Parmesan or extra grated cheese

Method:

  • To make the meatballs, put the mince in a bowl and add the semolina, tomato puree, chopped garlic and oregano. Season generously with salt and black pepper and mix thoroughly together. With your hands form the mixture into small meatballs, each about the size of a medium-size marble.
  • Heat the oil or fat in a large frying pan and fry the meatballs over a fairly high heat, turning them continually for 5-10 minutes, until dark brown all over. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a fairly shallow ovenproof dish (1 3/4 – 2 pint/ 1 – 1.1 litre capacity), such as an earthenware gratinee or flan dish, in which the meatballs cover the bottom fairly loosely.
  • To make the sauce, melt the butter in a heavy saucepan. Remove from the heat and stir in the flour. Then gradually stir in the milk. Put back on the heat, bring to the boil, stirring, and let bubble, still stirring, for about 3 minutes. Add the grated cheese and stir until melted. Then stir the soured cream and grated nutmeg and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour over the meatballs, covering them. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan or other cheese over the top. Cook in the centre of the oven, Gas Mark 4/ 180°C, 350°F for 45 minutes.

Enjoy your meal!

Elena G

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