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Lovely meatballs in a creamy celery sauce, a Belgian treat! And a great alternative for the classic meatballs in tomato sauce...

Celery Sauce Meatballs

Course Main Course
Cuisine Belgian
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories per serving 840 kcal

Ingredients

  • 13 oz meat mince (375 g)
  • 1 tbsp breadcrumbs or panko
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese grated
  • ½ cup cream (120 ml)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 small shallot
  • 2 stalks fresh celery chopped
  • 1 glass dry white wine
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • pepper
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Peel the garlic and shallot. Chop both very finely. Add the shallot and half of the garlic to a medium saucepan together with 2 bay leaves and a teaspoon of butter. Place this over medium heat and gently cook the shallot and garlic for a few minutes until soft and a little golden. Season with a little pepper and salt.


  2. Lovely meatballs in a creamy celery sauce, a Belgian treat! And a great alternative for the classic meatballs in tomato sauce...

  3. Then take the pan off the heat and let this shallot mixture cool down fully. Transfer the meat mince to a large mixing bowl and add the cooled onion and garlic together with the egg yolk (remove the bay leaves).

  4. Lovely meatballs in a creamy celery sauce, a Belgian treat! And a great alternative for the classic meatballs in tomato sauce...

  5. Stir and add the breadcrumbs (or panko) and grated parmesan cheese. Season with a little pinch of pepper and salt.

  6. Lovely meatballs in a creamy celery sauce, a Belgian treat! And a great alternative for the classic meatballs in tomato sauce...

  7. Stir well again. Check the seasoning and add extra pepper or salt to taste if necessary. Then roll even balls from the mixture. Mine were 1 1/2 oz (45 g) and I had 10 of them in the end.

  8. Lovely meatballs in a creamy celery sauce, a Belgian treat! And a great alternative for the classic meatballs in tomato sauce...

  9. Melt half of the remaining butter in a large pan and add the meatballs. Place the pan over medium-high heat and brown the meatballs on all sides for a couple of minutes until a little golden.

  10. Lovely meatballs in a creamy celery sauce, a Belgian treat! And a great alternative for the classic meatballs in tomato sauce...

  11. Then remove them from the pan to a clean plate and cover with some tinfoil. Don’t wipe the pan clean! The browned bits will add extra flavor to out celery sauce. Add the remaining butter, chopped onion, remaining chopped garlic, 2 remaining bay leaves and thyme sprigs.


  12. Lovely meatballs in a creamy celery sauce, a Belgian treat! And a great alternative for the classic meatballs in tomato sauce...

  13. Gently brown the onion and herbs for 2 to 3 minutes. Then add the chopped celery.


  14. Lovely meatballs in a creamy celery sauce, a Belgian treat! And a great alternative for the classic meatballs in tomato sauce...

  15. Stir the celery well and season with a pinch of salt. Let the celery braise for about 3 minutes. Pour in the white wine and the cream.

  16. Lovely meatballs in a creamy celery sauce, a Belgian treat! And a great alternative for the classic meatballs in tomato sauce...

  17. Then add the browned meatballs back to the pan.

  18. Lovely meatballs in a creamy celery sauce, a Belgian treat! And a great alternative for the classic meatballs in tomato sauce...

  19. Stir well and cover the pan with a lid. Let the meatballs and celery braise in the cream sauce for another 6 to 7 minutes. Then check the seasoning and add extra pepper or salt to taste if necessary. Scoop the meatballs and the creamy celery sauce onto warm deep plates, sprinkle with some freshly chopped parsley and serve.

  20. Lovely meatballs in a creamy celery sauce, a Belgian treat! And a great alternative for the classic meatballs in tomato sauce...