Slow Cooking Sunday – Meatballs

I have been wanting to try out making meatballs in my slowcooker for a while. A few weeks ago I finally got round to trying it out.

My verdict? They were OK. Well, the meatballs were fine, but the sauce was very thin and runny. Next time I will try using a tin of tomatoes instead of passata, to see if it makes any difference with the consistency of the sauce.

Whats that I hear you say? Did it make things any easier by making meatballs in a slow cooker? Well not really, as it is a little time consuming and fiddly preparing the meatballs. So after going to all that bother you may as well cook them on the stove top and have dinner ready 20-30 odd minutes later…

But the beauty of using a slowcooker for this meal, is as always, that once you have done the prep work and bunged everything in the slow cooker and switched it on (very important – do not forget that part!) You can then go about your day with the knowledge that your dinner dilemma is solved for the evening. So for that reason I would make this meal again. It’s perfect for, say – if I was working in the afternoon only (which I do on a Thursday) and I want my dinner ready and waiting when I get home.

750g Mince (I used pork)
Handful of parsley chopped
Few basil leaves chopped
1 egg
1 slice of slightly stale bread whizzed into breadcrumbs
Half tsp black pepper
As much grated parmesan as you want
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp garlic granules
1 carton passata
1 dried bay leave
1 tbs balsamic vinegar

With the first nine ingredients – put them all in a bowl and mix together then shape into ping-pong or golf sized balls. Put them straight into your slow cooker bowl (raw!) and pour tomatoes (passata, tinned, a jar of spaghetti sauce what ever is your preference) over them. Add the bay leaf and vinegar if you fancy doing so. Then cook on high for 4-6 odd hours or low 6-8 odd hours depending on your quantities and fierceness of your slow cooker.

Sorry about my great big whooping shadow on the plate! What can I say, I was hungry so took a very quick picture!

This meal serves 3-4 people. Rob had the left overs the next day as I was out and left him them to fend for his self with. He added some cornflour to the sauce to thicken it when he reheated them on the stove and said they were very nice. Job done!

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