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Baked Meatballs and Potatoes in Rich Tomato Sauce

This delicious and easy Baked Meatballs and Potatoes in a Rich Tomato Sauce is a twist on a Greek family favorite, Soutzoukakia me Patates. Thanks to the fragrant herbs in the meatballs and the rich tomato sauce, it's all about healthy, hearty, robust flavours and a burst of Mediterranean aroma. What makes this recipe special is, that instead of frying the meatballs, they are baked alongside the potatoes, resulting in tender, moist meatballs. Plus, it's a convenient one-pan meal, minimizing cleanup, and it's gluten-free! Let's get cooking!


Baked Meatballs and Potatoes in Rich Tomato Sauce
Baked Meatballs and Potatoes in Rich Tomato Sauce

This dish holds a special place in our family's hearts and fond memories of my mum's comforting kitchen aromas. It's a family favorite for its ability to bring everyone together over a warming dish. I recall watching my mum prepare each meatball, infusing it with her love and expertise. The anticipation as it baked in the oven filled our home with the most delicious smell and every bite was a reminder of the tradition passed down through generations in our family kitchen. I hope your loved ones enjoy it as much as my family.


Baked Meatballs and Potatoes in Rich Tomato Sauce
Baked Meatballs and Potatoes in Rich Tomato Sauce

Watch How to Make It


Helpful Tips

Potatoes: Ensure the potatoes are sliced 2cm diced and uniformly to ensure even cooking.

Meatballs: When shaping the meatballs, it's recommended to moisten your hands with water to prevent the mixture from sticking.

Prepare ahead the Meatballs: You can prepare the meatball mixture ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before shaping and baking.


Meal Prep Lunches

This dish is perfect for meal prep lunches as it reheats well. Portion out the leftovers into individual containers for easy grab-and-go lunches throughout the week. Serve with a side salad or some steamed vegetables to round out the meal.


Variations

Vegetables: You can also add vegetables such as sweet potatoes or carrots to the dish for extra nutrition and flavour.

Cheese: Consider using different types of cheese for the topping. I use a combination of at least 2 of the following: Mozzarella, Gruyere, Tasty, Parmesan, Pecorino, Cheddar, and Feta.


Storage

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

You can also freeze the cooked dish for longer storage. Allow it to cool completely, then transfer to a freezer-safe container. It can be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Baked Meatballs and Potatoes in Rich Tomato Sauce
Baked Meatballs and Potatoes in Rich Tomato Sauce

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Baked Meatballs and Potatoes in Rich Tomato Sauce
Baked Meatballs and Potatoes in Rich Tomato Sauce

Baked Meatballs with Potatoes in a Rich Sauce

 

Serves 4

Prep 15 minutes

Cook 50 minutes

 

Meatballs:

600g beef mince

3 slices wholemeal bread, gluten-free

(optional to add 4 slices of wholemeal bread as it would produce an even more tender meatball)

1 large brown onion, finely chopped or grated

4 garlic cloves, crushed and minced (or ground garlic)

2 eggs

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon white vinegar

1 cup parsley leaves, finely chopped

½ cup mint leaves, finely chopped

1 teaspoon Greek dried oregano

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon pepper

 

Sauce:

300ml vegetable or beef stock / broth

400ml tomato passata

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon Greek dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon ground garlic

2 teaspoons sea salt

1 teaspoon pepper

 

Vegetables:

800g potatoes, sliced into 2cm diced pieces

 

Topping:

1 cup grated cheese (Mozzarella, Gruyere, Tasty, Parmesan, or a combination of 2 cheeses)

¼ cup parsley, finely  chopped

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

1. Prepare the potatoes: Wash and peel the potatoes. Then slice them into 2cm diced pieces. Slicing them this size will allow them to cook well at the same as the meatballs.


2. Oven: Preheat the oven to 200°C fan forced.


3. Soak the bread: Trim off the crusts of the wholemeal bread slices and immerse them in a bowl of water for a brief 20 seconds. Remove and gently squeeze out excess water, then place them in a large mixing bowl.


4. Prepare the meatball mixture: In the same bowl, combine the soaked bread with the beef mince, finely chopped onion, crushed garlic, whisked eggs, smooth olive oil, white vinegar, and a medley of fragrant herbs and spices including mint, parsley, Greek oregano, paprika, sea salt, and pepper. Using your hands, meld the ingredients together until combined.


5. Shape the meatballs: Take a generous handful of the meatball mixture (approximately 2 tablespoons) and roll it into a ball, roughly 5cm in diameter. Place each formed meatball onto the baking tray atop the prepared potatoes. Repeat this process until all the mixture is used, ensuring even spacing between the meatballs. You should yield around 10-12 meatballs.


6. Prepare the sauce: In a mixing bowl combine the stock/broth, tomato passata, extra virgin olive oil, dried thyme, Greek dried oregano, paprika, ground garlic, sea salt, and pepper. Using a whisk, stir to combine well. Gently pour the sauce over the meatballs and potatoes, ensuring an even distribution to coat all ingredients.


7. Bake to perfection: Cover the tray with a snug layer of baking paper or foil to seal in the flavors, then let it bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes. Afterward, remove the covering and allow it to bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and cooked through.


8. Garnish and serve: Remove it from the oven once beautifully baked. Sprinkle your favorite grated cheese over the top with a generous scattering of fresh parsley. Allow the dish to rest for a few moments before serving. Enjoy!


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Baked Meatballs and Potatoes in Rich Tomato Sauce
Baked Meatballs and Potatoes in Rich Tomato Sauce

Recipe and Photography Margaret Pahos @CreateCookShare  

 

 

 

 

 

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