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Meatballs in Tomato Sauce      HT  MC 90mins

Serves 4     Hot Beef  herbs  Vegetables  Spices  Main Course   Eggless



150g/5oz Crustless Bread

150ml/5 fl.oz. Milk

25g/1oz Butter

4 teasp Flour

2210ml/7 fl.oz. Beef Stock

1 x 400g/14oz tin Tomatoes

A pinch of Sugar

1 level teasp Dried Thyme

Salt and Pepper

1 Onion, grated

450g/1lb Lean Minced Beef

1 teasp Paprika

1 tbsp Olive Oil




1. Place the bread in a bowl together with the milk and leave for 30 minutes.


2. Meanwhile, melt half the butter in a pan. Sprinkle on the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes. Gradually add the stock, stirring all the time and cook over a medium heat until thickened.


3. Add the tomatoes , sugar and thyme to the sauce. Season well, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.


4. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas mark 4. In a bowl, mix together the mince, onion, soaked bread (together with the milk), paprika, salt and pepper. Using dampened hands, roll the mixture into balls about the size of a large walnut.


5. Heat the remaining butter and oil in a very large frying pan and brown the meatballs on all sides, in batches if necessary.


6. Place the meatballs in a shallow ovenproof dish, in a single layer. Pour over the tomato sauce, cover and bake for 30 minutes. Serve hot.


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Chop to To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.

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