Venezuelan Meatballs

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You may notice the new sensation in my household is Latin American food. It’s not so much of an obsession yet, more a passing whim. I’ll grow out of it in a week or so. In an endless quest to try every meatball known to man, I decided to try these lovely little Venezuelan treats. Apparently they are similar to a meatball eaten in Uruguay too for anyone who’s interested.

RECIPE:

INGREDIENTS:
1kg minced beef
1/2 cup raisins (chopped)
1/4 cup olives (chopped)
1 teaspoon sugar
pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs (beaten)
1 cup fine breadcrumbs

6 tablespoons butter
1 onion (chopped)
1 clove garlic (crushed)
2 tomatoes (peeled, seeded and chopped)
1 tablespoon fresh continental parsley (finely chopped)
1/2 cup beef stock

DIRECTIONS:
Combine the mince, raisins and olives. Season with the sugar, salt and pepper and mix well. Form into small balls and coat with egg and breadcrumbs. Heat the butter in a frying pan, add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes. Add the meat balls and fry 15 minutes until brown and cooked. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the meat balls and keep them warm. Add the parsley and beef broth and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour the sauce over the meat balls and serve.

SERVING:
Bread or rice. Or both if you’re on a maximum-carb diet like me.

  • Elle

    Don’t be silly, that’s pine nuts.
    Thanks for the tip though love. You’re rapidly becoming a one-stop-shop for all things meat related. And not for the first time I’ll wager.

  • whatyouhavingforyourtea

    I too have a meat/fruit concern. It’s not quite right is it?

    I bit the bullet and just ate them and they were nice. I dare say you could just leave them out and just add a little more sugar for some sweetness. I think they’d still work.

    I love a meatball – they could be desert Island food…

  • Elle

    I like the look of this. I think my maximum-carb husband would too. Can you suggest an alternative to raisins though as he’s a picky git and has a thing about ‘meat and fruit’. Some people, eh?
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