French onion meatball casserole

6 servings Prep: 20 mins, Cooking: 55 mins

By Food24 May 05 2016
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Ingredients (12)

700 g beef mince
1 cup spinach — finely chopped
cloves garlic — cloves, finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
freshly ground black pepper — to taste
olive oil — for frying
4 onion — peeled, halved, sliced
1 tsp dried mixed herbs — or fresh
1 cup water — or beef stock
1 cup mozzarella cheese — grated
spring onions — to garnish
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Method:

Mix everything together in a large bowl and form small meatballs, about the size of a ping-pong ball. Use an oven proof casserole, pot or pan and fry your meatballs in a little olive oil until golden brown, remove the meatballs from the pot and set aside.

Add the onions to the pot and fry in a little olive oil with the mixed herbs until the onions start to caramelize. Add the water or stock to your pot and add the meatballs. Cook on a slow to medium heat for 20 minutes until half of the liquid has cooked down and a natural sauce has been formed from the cooked onions.

Refill little by little with water if your onions start to cook dry during this process.  Add the grated cheese on top and broil under your oven grill for a few minutes, garnish with spring onion and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Tip: Add 1/2 cup of pouring cream half way through the cooking process for a creamier casserole.

Reprinted with permission of Daily Dose of Fresh. To see more recipes, please click here.


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