My husband went to Ikea this week, to pick up some furniture for work. At the mention of Ikea, most people’s first thought would be home furnishings….. garden furniture…..not me. The first thing I thought of was meatballs!
With this in mind, I remembered the unopened pack of 4 Aldi burgers I had in the fridge. A result of over buying for our barbecue the previous weekend. I wondered if they would make good meatballs? The answer is they do. They make amazing meatballs and by adding some breadcrumbs and herbs,they go a little bit further.
I made a really quick ‘Ikea style’ gravy to go with them and served them on a naan bread with some homemade slaw.
I will admit, this isn’t the most stylish food I have ever made, or photographed. It’s quite tricky to make this look pretty, but it really does taste good!
For the meatballs:
- Pack of 4 defrosted burgers (454g)
- 2 slices of bread
- A handful of parsley
- 1 egg
- Drizzle of olive oil
For the gravy:
- 1 dessert spoon of flour
- 25g butter
- 500ml boiling water
- 1 beef stock cube
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
For the slaw:
- 200g shredded red cabbage
- 2 tbls mayonnaise
- 1 grated apple
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the oven to 150C
- Place the burgers in a mixing bowl.
- Add to it, the finely chopped parsley and a beaten egg. Blitz the slices of bread in a food processor until you get breadcrumbs and add it to the burgers.
- Use your hands to combine all of the ingredients, squashing the meat through your fingers, until it’s thoroughly combined.
- Use your hands to make meatballs, rolling them one at a time between the palms of your hands. They should be the size of a conker and you should get roughly 32 meatballs out of the mixture.
- Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large frying pan. Place all of the meatballs into the pan and fry on a medium heat for 5 minutes, moving them around regularly, until they are browned all over.
- Place the meatballs in the oven to keep hot.
- Place the butter into the saucepan. Heat until melted. Add the flour and mix well until it is one consistency and bubbling slightly.
- Mix the stock cube into the boiling water and slowly add it to the butter and flour, a little at a time. Each time bring it the boil, before adding some more. Whisk the mixture the entire time to remove any lumps. When you have used up all of the stock, stir in the mustard.
- Add the meatballs to the sauce and gently heat them through. .
- Mix the shredded cabbage with the grated apple and mayonnaise. Season and serve with the meatballs.