Pork Meatballs Baked With Cheesy Crumb Top

cooking time
35 minutes

cooking skill
Easy

serves
4 people

Ingredients

  • 15ml (1tbsp) olive oil
  • 1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 450g (1lb) lean minced pork
  • 30ml (2tbsp) fresh basil, chopped
  • 400g approx can chopped tomatoes
  • 30ml (2tbsp) tomato ketchup
  • 15ml fresh flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 15ml fresh basil, roughly torn
  • Black Pepper
  • 50g (2oz) Double Gloucester cheese with chives, grated or any similar hard cheese grated
  • 25g (1oz) breadcrumbs

Method

Preparation

Preheat the oven.

1

Heat the oil in a large non-stick saucepan and fry the onion and garlic for about 2 minutes.

2

Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

3

Place the mince and chopped basil in a large bowl and add half the onion mixture.

4

Mix together well and shape into about 15 balls.

5

Add the chopped tomatoes, ketchup, parsley, torn basil and black pepper to the remaining onion mixture.  Pour the sauce into the bottom of a family sized gratin dish.  Carefully place the meatballs into the dish and spoon a little of the tomato sauce over the top.

6

Mix together the breadcrumbs and cheese.  Top the meatballs with the breadcrumb mixture and bake for about 30 minutes until topping is golden and meatballs are cooked through.

7

Serving Suggestions

Serve the meatballs with crusty bread and green salad.