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My delicious meatballs in tomato sauce recipe, a classic Belgian dish prepared my style! This is the perfect meatball dinner!

Meatballs In Tomato Sauce

Course Main Course
Cuisine Belgian
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories per serving 487 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ lbs ground beef (1125 g), or pork
  • 5 medium garlic cloves chopped finely
  • 1 large shallot chopped finely
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • a handful breadcrumbs or panko
  • a handful parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 small egg
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 lbs canned chopped tomatoes (900 g)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 glass red wine
  • 2 tbsp worcester sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • a handful fresh herbs chopped
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 3 cloves
  • olive oil
  • pepper
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Heat some olive oil in a saucepan until hot. Then add the chopped shallots, half of the garlic and a bay leaf. Season with pepper and salt.

  2. My delicious meatballs in tomato sauce recipe, a classic Belgian dish prepared my style! This is the perfect meatball dinner!
  3. Cook the shallot mixture under a lid until browned. Stir regularly. Then take the pan off the heat and let it cool.

  4. My delicious meatballs in tomato sauce recipe, a classic Belgian dish prepared my style! This is the perfect meatball dinner!
  5. Pour the mince in a large bowl. Add the cooked shallots (remove the bay leaves) and egg.

  6. My delicious meatballs in tomato sauce recipe, a classic Belgian dish prepared my style! This is the perfect meatball dinner!
  7. Knead the mince. Then add the panko (or breadcrumbs) and grated parmesan. Season with pepper and salt.
  8. My delicious meatballs in tomato sauce recipe, a classic Belgian dish prepared my style! This is the perfect meatball dinner!
  9. Knead the mince well. Add extra pepper or salt to taste. Then make meatballs from the mixture. Mine were about 1 ½ oz (45 g). In the end I had 30 meatballs.

  10. My delicious meatballs in tomato sauce recipe, a classic Belgian dish prepared my style! This is the perfect meatball dinner!
  11. Coat the meatballs lightly with the flour. In a large casserole pour some olive oil and place it over high heat until hot. Then add the meatballs.
  12. My delicious meatballs in tomato sauce recipe, a classic Belgian dish prepared my style! This is the perfect meatball dinner!
  13. Brown them on all sides for 6 minutes.
  14. My delicious meatballs in tomato sauce recipe, a classic Belgian dish prepared my style! This is the perfect meatball dinner!
  15. Then remove them from the pan, keep the oil. Turn the heat lower and add the remaining bay leaves, rosemary, chopped onion, cloves and the remaining garlic.

  16. My delicious meatballs in tomato sauce recipe, a classic Belgian dish prepared my style! This is the perfect meatball dinner!
  17. Gently fry the onion for about 4 minutes. Then add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste and sugar.

  18. My delicious meatballs in tomato sauce recipe, a classic Belgian dish prepared my style! This is the perfect meatball dinner!
  19. Stir well. Then add the red wine, balsamic vinegar and worcester sauce. Season with pepper and salt.
  20. My delicious meatballs in tomato sauce recipe, a classic Belgian dish prepared my style! This is the perfect meatball dinner!
  21. Bring the tomato sauce to a rolling boil and then turn the heat low. Simmer the sauce under a lid for 30 to 40 minutes. Stir regularly. Then blend or mix the sauce until very creamy.

  22. My delicious meatballs in tomato sauce recipe, a classic Belgian dish prepared my style! This is the perfect meatball dinner!
  23. Check the seasoning and add extra pepper or salt to taste. If the sauce is too bitter or vinegary, add an extra pinch of sugar to reduce that flavor. Stir in the chopped herbs.
  24. My delicious meatballs in tomato sauce recipe, a classic Belgian dish prepared my style! This is the perfect meatball dinner!
  25. Add the browned meatballs.

  26. My delicious meatballs in tomato sauce recipe, a classic Belgian dish prepared my style! This is the perfect meatball dinner!
  27. Cover and cook for 10 minutes until the meatballs are warmed through. Then scoop the sauce and meatballs onto deep plates. Serve hot.
  28. My delicious meatballs in tomato sauce recipe, a classic Belgian dish prepared my style! This is the perfect meatball dinner!