500g prime beef mince
300g pork mince
1 large egg
2 medium onions finely chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 slices white sourdough bread crusts removed, soaked in ½ cup milk
500ml tomato passata
A small handful of flatleaf parsley
120ml sherry or masala wine
1 tbsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
½ tsp salt and pepper
Heat a little olive oil in a pan and sauté the onions over medium heat until softened.
Turn down the heat and add the garlic and continue to cook stirring occasionally until the onions become dark and caramelised. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the 60ml of sherry, tomato paste, and cook for 2 - 3 minutes until slightly reduced. Add 100ml of the passata and cook for a further 10 minutes to make a flavourful paste. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl add the minced meats, squeeze the milk from the bread and add it too. Beat the egg and add it to the meats along with the cooled onion mixture.
Stir until well combined and make into golf ball shapes placing on a lined baking tray as you go.
Preheat oven to 220°C fan bake and cook the meatballs until they begin to brown – around 10 minutes.
To make the smoky sauce – place the rest of the passata in a saucepan and simmer for around 20 minutes to reduce and thicken. Add the rest of the sherry, golden syrup, paprika and balsamic vinegar with a good slosh of olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Stir and cook for another minute to combine flavours, then set aside.Transfer the meatballs to a snug cast iron fry pan, cover with sauce and cook hot until it’s bubbling. Sprinkle over some roughly chopped parsley and eat straight from the pan with crusty bread or serve with fresh cooked spaghetti pasta and freshly grated manchego cheese.
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