Niki’s Milanese Meatballs

2016, Healthy, International, Savoury, Spring

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Bonjourno my lovely readers and welcome to my Italian week! 

I would like to start off my Italian week with my delicious and sumptuous Milanese meatballs. Upon my recent trip to Milan, I was truly taken aback by all the vibrant colours and alluring aromas of roasted garlic and basil wafting in the residential streets. Steaming hot pasta dishes glistening in top quality extra virgin olive oil to sweet and decadent dolce treats lining the cobbled streets of central Milan. One thing I was particularly taken with was all the delicious meat dishes and of course the meatballs. There are a million ways to create a meatball out there, I saw some stuffed with eggs, oozing mozzarella cheese and deep fried with breadcrumbs and herbs. Now of course, whilst it was amazing to see all of this I want to now show you my take on the classic meatball, Milanese style.

All you need is: 

500g of organic grass fed beef
1/2 teaspoon of Himalayan salt and cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon of chopped up basil
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon of ground coriander
I egg yolk
2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 extra tablespoon of basil, roughly geared up
1 teaspoon of tomato purée

 

Simply mix your beef with your seasoning, egg yolk, basil and 1 clove of garlic. Set aside for 30 minutes. Next, in a separate pan heat your oil and add in the other clove of garlic and heat gently with your tomato purée. After a couple of minutes, turn up the heat to a high flame and add in your chopped tomatoes, stir well. Then, shape your meatballs into small sized balls using a teaspoon to measure them out equally. Pop them into your tomato sauce and lower the heat. Simmer your dish for 20 minutes and just before you’re ready to serve, garnish with your basil. 

Buonissimo! 

Happy Baking! 

Niki 

Niki’s Bolognese

Christmas, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury, Winter

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Hello my lovely readers!

December is almost upon us and I particularly love this month not just because of Christmas but because as a wise person once told me, it is a time to reflect. It is my Birthday month and of course as the year draws to an end it makes me think about what we all went through and what is to come. This all sounds a bit heavy doesn’t it? Well, why not ponder such thoughts with a plate of my Bolognese?

My sauce is so unbelievably quick and simple to create, even after you come home from work or picking up the kids. All you need is one onion, 200-400g of minced lamb, seasoning, handful of oyster mushrooms, passata (this is the key!) and some minced garlic. My ingredients are minimal but the flavour of this dish is far from simple or plain. It will compliment your tastebuds and have you smiling all evening. It’s light yet satisfying and more importantly, healthy!

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I do sincerely hope you try my sauce and pay homage to the wonderful Italians!

Ciao for now!