Pork meatballs with a spicy pepper dipping sauce recipe

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  • Serves 6
  • 20mins to prepare, plus 1hr chilling and 45mins to cook
  • 190 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Healthy
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Mix together all the meatball ingredients. Take tablespoon measurements of the mixture and roll into ball shapes - you should make around 14. Keep in the fridge for 1 hour before cooking.

Meanwhile, make the sauce. Sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the peppers, tomatoes and spices, and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Whizz in a blender to a chunky paste, then season to taste.

Fry the meatballs for 15-20 minutes on a low heat, turning regularly until browned all over and cooked through. Serve on a platter with the sauce in a dipping bowl.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

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  • Ingredients

  • For the meatballs

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 400g pork mince
  • 1 egg
  • 2tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2tsp smoked paprika
  • olive oil for frying
  • For the sauce

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 425g jar roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 227g can tomatoes
  • 1/2tsp smoked paprika
  • pinch of dried crushed chillies
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Energy 790kj 190kcal 9%
  • Fat 10g 14%
  • Saturates 3g 15%
  • Sugars 8g 9%
  • Salt 0.1g <1%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 10.2g Protein 15.8g Fibre 2.9g


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