ORIENTAL HAM & BEEF BALLS
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I love meatballs but these were on another level!
For starters, I had never made meatballs with minced ham! This is why I love cooking new recipes, it allows you to move away from your comfort zone and try new things.
The oriental flavour intrigued me! I was about to make a traditional Italian dish oriental, and it worked! It was out of this world!
375g cooked ham, finely chopped (in food processor)
375g minced beef
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
1 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 large eggs , lightly beaten
5 tablespoons milk
oil for frying (I use olive oil - you can also use vegetable oil)
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
6 tablespoons water
6 tablespoons vinegar
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
In a large bowl combine the ham, beef, shallots, breadcrumbs, eggs and milk.
Shape the balls into 4cm balls.
Het the oil in a frying pan over moderate heat (approx 1 min)
Cook the meatballs on high heat for a pro 1 minute, turning them over at all times. this should take approx 5 mins.
Meanwhile, combine in a bowl, brown sugar, soy sauce, water and mustard.
Pour this mixture over the meatballs, reduce the heat and simmer for 5-7mins. Turn the balls once or twice in this time. If sauce thickens, add extra water. Serve with rice and green vegetables.