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NAN’S MEAT BALLS

NAN’S MEAT BALLS

Nan’s meat balls recipe finds its origin in the town where my Nan was born: Tournus in Burgundy (France).
People are big eaters in this French area and they’re especially bean and potato eaters.
I’ve spent much time there in Tournus in my childhood because my grand parents went regularly back to Burgundy to visit our large family and I always made the journey.:)
That’s why I’m very knowledgable about Burgundian way of life and cooking.
Many people breed the well known Charolaise cow and grow vegetables (and potatoes of course!).
Life is really pleasant there, as the area seats in the country but winters are hard, cold, rainy and foggy, and that’s why their winter traditional dishes are most often high caloric, but also really tasteful and delicious.
Remember Paul Bocuse was born there and it’s not a stroke of luck if several gourmet restaurants are established in this little town.
I own my Nan’s cook book but anyway, she told me about her culinary tricks and she taught me how to cook all of her recipes a long time ago.
Nan’s beans, Nan’s meat balls and fattened pullet and cream are among my favorites.
Nan’s meat balls is a traditional French Burgundian comfort dish. I call these balls Nan’s meat balls because my Nan cooked them often and it’s my way to pay homage to my so kind Nan.
Nan died in 2007 but she’s still alive through her fantastic recipes as Mum and me have taken up the torch.
Meat balls? You could think that you already know this dish and that it’s nothing out of the ordinary. But please, try this recipe out!
Nan’s meat balls combine mashed potatoes, egg, ground meat, parsley and garlic. Meat balls are often dry but my Nan’s meat balls are so smooth that they melt in your mouth. How marvelous!
Is your mouth already watering?
You’re lucky because today I share the fabulous Nan’s meat balls recipe with you!

These meat balls will be ready in 65 minutes.

Ingredients 8 servings(40 meat balls)

  • 1k150 Potatoes
  • 600 gr Ground beef
  • 1 Onion
  • 5 Garlic gloves
  • Half a bunch parsley
  • 2 Eggs
  • 30 gr Flour
  • 30 cl Fry oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Peel potatoes and cut them into dices. Cover with water, bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, wash parsley, peel onion and garlic.
  3. Chop parsley leaves, onion and garlic thinly.
  4. Put ground meat in a large bowl, add chopped onion, garlic and parsley leaves. Break eggs and add them into the bowl.
  5. Add thyme, pepper and salt as taste and mix well with hands.
  6. Drain potatoes and reduce them to a mash.Put into the bowl.
  7. Mix again with hands until totally combines.
  8. Form balls. Place 1 table spoon mixture in your hand and give a ball shape, using your other hand.
  9. Gently roll each ball lightly into flour.
  10. Set balls aside on a large plate.
  11. Pour oil in a skillet, preheat it and fry meat balls on 1 side for 3/4 minutes until lightly browned. Fry over medium heat.
  12. Gently turn them to fry the other side for 3/4 more minutes.
  13. Crush them gently when they finish frying.
  14. Remove them from skillet with a spatula and place them on kitchen paper.
  15. Repeat until all balls are fried.
  16. Serve with a green salad. Optional: You can also add some tomato sauce, it’s great!
    It's time for meat balls!

  1. It’s time for meat balls!
  2. Peel potatoes and cut them into dices. Cover with water, bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes.

  3. Peel potatoes and cut them into dices. Cover with water, bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, wash parsley, peel onion and garlic.

  5. Meanwhile, wash parsley, peel onion and garlic.
  6. Chop parsley leaves, onion and garlic thinly.

  7. Chop parsley leaves, onion and garlic thinly.
  8. Put ground meat in a large bowl, add chopped onion, garlic and parsley leaves. Break eggs and add them into the bowl.

  9. Put ground meat in a large bowl, add chopped onion, garlic and parsley leaves. Break eggs and add them into the bowl.
  10. Add thyme, pepper and salt as taste and mix well .

  11. Add thyme, pepper and salt as taste and mix well.
  12. Drain potatoes and reduce them to a mash.Put into the bowl.

  13. Drain potatoes and reduce them to a mash.Put into the bowl.
  14. Mix again with hands until totally combines.

  15. Mix again with hands until totally combines.
  16. Form balls. Place 1 table spoon mixture in your hand and give a ball shape, using your other hand.

  17. Form balls. Place 1 table spoon mixture in your hand and give a ball shape, using your other hand.
  18. Gently roll each ball lightly into flour.

  19. Gently roll each ball lightly into flour.
  20. Set balls aside on a large plate.

  21. Set balls aside on a large plate.
  22. Pour oil in a skillet, preheat it and fry meat balls on 1 side for 3/4 minutes until lightly browned. Fry over medium heat.

  23. Pour oil in a skillet, preheat it and fry meat balls on 1 side for 3/4 minutes until lightly browned. Fry over medium heat.
  24. Gently turn them to fry the other side for 3/4 more minutes.

  25. Gently turn them to fry the other side for 3/4 more minutes.
  26. Crush them gently when they finish frying.

  27. Crush them gently when they finish frying.
  28. Remove them from skillet with a spatula and place them on kitchen paper.

  29. Remove them from skillet with a spatula and place them on kitchen paper.
  30. Repeat until all balls are fried.

  31. Repeat until all balls are fried.
  32. Serve with a green salad. Optional: You can also add some tomato sauce, it's great!

  33. Serve with a green salad. Optional: You can also add some tomato sauce, it’s great!

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