No-mess meatballs

    No-mess meatballs


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    About this recipe: These meatballs are a little different than your average meatball - they are square! The meat mixture is patted into a tin, scored and baked.

    Serves: 4 

    • 1 egg
    • 75g onion, chopped
    • 4 tablespoons ketchup
    • 450g minced beef
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
    • 4 tablespoons dry Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Preheat oven to 220 C / Gas 7. Line a 20x30cm baking dish with foil and spray with cooking oil spray.
    2. Mix the egg and onion together in a mixing bowl. Add the ketchup and minced beef, then season with pepper, salt, Italian herbs and breadcrumbs; combine until evenly blended.
    3. Place the mixture into the prepared tin and pat into an 20cm square. Use a table knife or metal spatula to cut the square into 6 vertical strips, then cut the strips horizontally into 6 pieces each for a total of 36 pieces.
    4. Do not separate the pieces, just press through the meat to separate it. Bake in preheated oven until the meatballs are no longer pink in the centre, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain off any fat and separate the meatballs with a knife to serve.


    Freeze the meatballs by separating them into recipe-size portions and placing in freezer containers or resealable freezer plastic bags. Freeze for up to 2 months. To thaw, microwave on Defrost for 4 to 6 minutes or until thawed.

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