Barbecue meatballs with bacon gravy

Bibby's Kitchen
4 servings Prep: 25 mins, Cooking: 45 mins
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This recipe is all about comfort food, those familiar family foods that we grew up eating, in a time when cooking from scratch was nothing new.

By Food24 June 08 2017
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Ingredients (23)

500 g beef mince
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp coriander — ground
1 eggs
Bacon gravy
2 fresh chillies
1 red onion — finely diced
250 g button mushrooms — sliced
1 garlic — cloves, minced
125 g bacon — smoked
2 fresh thyme — sprigs
1/3 cup wine — red
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp tomato sauce
1/3 cup tomato passata
2 tbsp fruit chutney
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 cup stock — beef, weak
dried chilli flakes — pinch
salt and freshly ground black pepper — to taste
mozzarella cheese — sliced
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Start by making the meatballs. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and combine until the spices and bread crumbs are incorporated.

Roll into 20 – 24 evenly sized balls. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes to firm up.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan and brown the meatballs on all sides. Remove the meatballs from the pan and set aside.

Add the remaining oil to the pan and sauté the onion until softened.

Toss in the mushrooms and cook on a high heat until all the water has evaporated. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Move the mushrooms to the side of the pan and add the bacon and thyme. Cook for several minutes until the bacon is lightly browned.

Deglaze the pan with the wine and reduce by half.

Add all the remaining gravy ingredients and the meatballs back into the pan.

Cover with a lid and simmer for about 20 minutes until the sauce is thickened and the meatballs are cooked through.

Dot with mozzarella and place under a preheated grill until the cheese is bubbling and golden.

Recipe by Bibbyskitchen@36.

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