Greske kjøttboller med feta

Små kjøttboller med sitron, dill, varme krydder og med fetaost i midten. Disse kjøttbollene smaker av gresk sommer og er perfekt nå som det begynner å bli varmere i luften. Her servert med tsatsiki og gresk salat. Gå inn på apetina.no og få denne og mange andre oppskrifter jeg har utviklet for dem:)

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Spicy meatballs in tomato sauce

Small spicy meatballs in a tasty tomato sauce

This makes a large portion of meatballs, but I always freeze half the quantity. The first half we had for dinner a few weeks ago, with pasta and lots of grated parmesan. Today, I didn’t feel like cooking, so I took the pre-made meatballs out of the freezer in the morning, and reheated them in the oven in the afternoon, mixing in big chunks of mozzarella and lots of basil leaves. I made an easy rucola salad- mixing it with lemon-scented olive oil and Maldon salt and pepper, and heated up some frozen baguettes. Easy, tasty, delicious!

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  • 1 kg minced meat
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 Tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1,5 tsp salt + pepper
  • 1 tsp dried paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, ground in a pestle and mortar
  • chopped oregano, rosemary and thyme, or dried if you don’t have fresh.

Mix all the ingredients, then mix in the meat. Make small meatballs with wet fingers, then brown them all over in a frying pan with olive oil (a few at the time). When browned, put in the pre-cooked tomato sauce and cook until ready.

Tomato sauce

  • 1 clove of garlic, gently fried in olive oil
  • about 1 kg tomato passata, or whole cherry tomatoes from a box or tin, organic if possible
  • a pinch of chilli
  • salt and pepper
  • a pinch of sugar
  • a couple of teaspoons of balsamic vinagre
  • some organic vegetable stock, I use the one from Renee Voltair

Let all the ingredients boil carefully with a lid on for an hour or so (you might need to add a bit of water so it doesn’t dry out). Then add:

  • fresh oregano
  • fresh basil
  • a swirl of good olive oil

Taste the tomato sauce and check for seasoning.

Add the meatballs.

Serve with rice, pasta, potato wedges, as tapas or in a baguette.

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Enjoy!

-Line

 

Enkle ‘wannabe’ Greske kjøttboller

Kjøttboller i tomatsaus med kikerter og poteter (in english below)

Mannen min liker å jakte, så jeg har alltid fryseren full av viltkjøtt. Jeg prøver alltid å finne nye måter å tilberede dette fantastiske, sunne, økologiske kjøttet på. Vi får kjøttet delt i forskjellige stykker, og noe blir brukt til å lage verdens beste kjøttdeig.

I dag drømte jeg om sommer, og om en rett familien min og jeg ble servert i en liten taverna på Hydra i Hellas for noen år siden; supergode store lamme-kjøttboller i tomatsaus. Jeg ville lage noe liknende, men det endte opp med å smake ganske annerledes enn den greske varianten, hovedsakelig fordi jeg endte opp med å bruker mer spanske krydder enn greske.

Konsistensen på kjøttbollene ble veldig lik originalen, men disse var mye mindre i størrelsen. Neste gang skal jeg prøve å lage dem mer autentiske med lammekjøtt, oregano, sitronskall og servere dem med tzatziki. Ikke misforstå; disse er veldig gode! Jeg ville aldri lagt ut en oppskrift jeg ikke elsker:)

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  • 500g kvernet kjøtt etter eget ønske (storfe, lam eller vilt)
  • 2-3 ss brødsmuler
  • 1 egg
  • 1 hvitløksfedd, hakket
  • flatbladpersille, hakket
  • 1 dl vann
  • 1 ts Maldonsalt
  • pepper
  • pimientón Picante (se detaljer om krydderet her), evt bruk paprikapulver blandet med litt cayennepepper.

Bland alle ingrediensene og la det hvile mens du lager tomatsausen:

  • 1 løk, hakket
  • noen poteter, kuttet i biter på 2-3 cm (ikke for store)
  • 1 hvitløksfedd, hakket

Stek i olivenolje i en stor/vid kjele til løken er gjennomsiktig. Tilsett så:

  • 1-2 ss tomatpuré
  • 1 boks med tomater (jeg bruker økologiske tomater fra en kartong, eller tomato passata i glassflaske).
  • salt, pepper, en klype sukker, noen urter, og en klype cayennepepper
  • nok vann til at det dekker potetene, evt tilsett litt buljong

La dette koke til potetene er mykere, men fortsatt trenger ca. 15 minutter til. Lag 14-15 kjøttboller av kjøtt-miksen og legg forsiktig i kjelen. Legg på lokk og kok i ca. 15 min, eller til kjøttbollene og potetene er gjennomkokte. Snu dem forsiktig et par ganger. Når det er ca. 5-10 minutter igjen, tilsett:

  • kokte kikerter
  • evt. paprika og gulrøtter i tynne skiver

Server retten med masse hakket flatblad-persille og en grønn salat.

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Meatballs in a thick tomato sauce with chickpeas and potatoes

My husband is a keen hunter, and he regularly fills up the freezer with venison (viltkjøtt, som oftest rådyr). I always try to find new ways to prepare this gorgeous healthy organic meat. We get the meat cut into different joints, and some of it minced into a gorgeous almost fat-free mince.

Today I was dreaming of something my family was served in a tiny taverna i Greece a few years ago; huge lamb-meatballs in a thick tomato sauce. It was unbelievably good, and today I wanted to try to make something similar. It ended up tasting quite different from the Greek version, mainly because I was using more spanish spices than Greek, but I will definitely make this again, trying out different herbs and spices.

The density of the meatballs were quite similar to the original, but these were much smaller. Next time I might try to make it more Greek by using minced lamb, make them bigger in size, adding lots of oregano, lemon peel and serving it with tzatziki.

…dont get me wrong, these are very good- I would never post recipes we don’t love! ❤

  • 500 g minced meat, venison this time
  • 2-3 Tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • minced garlic
  • chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 dl water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pepper
  • pimientón picante (check out my recipe for potato wedges for notes on this spice)

Mix it all together and let it rest while you make the tomato sauce:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • a few potatoes, cut into chunks (not too big or they will take forever to cook)
  • garlic, chopped

Fry in olive oil in a wide casserole until the onion is translucent. Then add:

  • tomato paste- a couple of tablespoons 
  • 1 can of tomatoes (I use either organic tomatoes from a carton, og tomato passata from a glass container).
  • salt, pepper, a pinch of sugar, some herbs, a pinch af cayenne- to taste.
  • stock or water to cover the potatoes

Let this boil until the potatoes are getting softer, but still needs approx. 15 more minutes. Then make 14-15 quite large meatballs of the mince-mix and put in the pan. Put the lid on and leave to simmer for about 15 minutes, turning carefully a few times. When 5-10 minutes of cooking-time remains, add:

  • boiled and drained chickpeas

Serve with plenty og flat leaf parsley and a green salad.

Enjoy

-Line