For me meatballs are like casual chic clothes …you can dress them up or dress them down according to the occasion ! These chicken cheese meatballs can be served as a delicious comfort food as well as a side dish for any big party. The melted cheese oozes out as a lovely surprise and the tangy sauce adds lots of flavour to the whole dish.
These can be served even as party starters in muffin paper cups with a little dribble of sauce on top.
For Chicken Cheese Meatballs :
1/2 kg chicken mince
4 cloves garlic
1/2 inch piece ginger
1 green chilli pepper
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1 teaspoon paprika
1+1/2 bread slice, soaked in milk
3/4 cup cheddar cheese
Oil for frying
This Is What You Do :
Add ginger, garlic, green chilli pepper, salt and paprika to a food processor and whiz, add this mix to chicken mince.
Dip the bread slices in milk and squeeze out the excess liquid. Beat an egg, add bread and egg to mince and mix thoroughly with hands.
Cut cheddar cheese into little cubes, spread a generous amount of mince on your palm, place the cheese cube in the middle, gather the mince around it to make a ball. Repeat with the rest of the mince.
Heat oil in a wok for deep frying on medium low heat. Add meatballs, a few at a time, don’t overcrowd the pan. Fry till golden brown all around.
Keep warm while you make the sauce.
For Tomato Sauce :
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 medium onions, chopped
6 ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup tomato ketchup
1 teaspoon red chilli powder or to taste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
This Is What You Do :
Remove all oil from the wok except for two tablespoons. Add chopped onions to it, fry till onions change colour but not turn golden. Add crushed garlic and chopped tomatoes, continue to cook another 4-5 minutes. Add chicken stock, tomato ketchup and red chilli powder, cover and let simmer till the tomatoes are tender enough to form a sauce. Taste for salt, season if required.
Add the meatballs to the sauce, let simmer for 2-3 minutes. Serve piping hot over pasta, rice or with some coarse bread.
Makes 9 meatballs with sauce.