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Spicy Mediterranean Meatballs

How to make Spicy Sauce, Charred Red Peppers, Goats Cheese & Feta Herb Rolled Meatballs.

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Spicy Mediterranean Meatballs

How to make Spicy Sauce, Charred Red Peppers, Goats Cheese & Feta Herb Rolled Meatballs.

Ingredients

  • Several generous glugs of rape seed oil
  • 1 White onion- Finely diced
  • 3 Cloves of garlic- Crushed and roughly chopped
  • 2 Red peppers - Charred and skins peeled, roughly torn into strips
  • 2 Tins of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Heaped teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Chilli flakes
  • Glug of red wine vinegar
  • Handful of fresh oregano and parsley - Roughly chopped
  • Generous sprinkle of sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
  • 150 grams Goats cheese - Roughly cut into 1inch squares
  • 150 grams Feta - Roughly cut into 1inch squares
  • Handful of fresh oregano and parsley - Roughly chopped
  • Generous sprinkle of sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
  • Loaf of sourdough - Sliced, to serve

Steps

  1. Begin by heating a several generous glugs of oil in a large pan or casserole dish over a medium to low heat. Add in the chopped onion and garlic and cook until soft and the onions become translucent, this should take around 6-7 minutes.
  2. Next add in the tin tomatoes (the cherry tinned tomatoes make for a sweeter sauce but regular will work too). Add in the paprika and pepper flakes plus a dash of red wine vinegar and allow to cook for as long as you have time for, minimum thirty minutes. The longer you cook this over a low heat the more delicious and rich the flavours become.
  3. Next char the peppers, hold them (carefully) directly over a gas flame and char until black on all side then place in a bowl and cover with clingfilm for five minutes before peeling off the skin and roughly tearing and adding to the sauce, or reserving and adding to the dish just before serving.
  4. Prepare the fresh herbs and add them to the sauce just before you add in the dumplings.
  5. For the dumplings simply roll into a rough ball like shape and then roll through your chopped herbs and seasoning. You can fry the cheese dumplings ahead of adding them to the sauce or simply poach in your spicy tomato sauce.
  6. Place the cheese dumpling into your tomatoes sauce and continue to cook for another five to ten minutes before serving. Served with your sourdough for dunking.