Reaching the final of Masterchef 2007 was a rollercoaster of emotion, with huge highs and lows, but I loved every minute and learnt a huge amount. I owe a great deal to John and Gregg who had faith in my ability when I did not believe in myself. Since competing on the programme my life has changed considerably. I now write cookery columns for two magazines, give cookery demonstrations and am just working on my 13th cook book - unlucky number for some but not for me!!! I love all forms of country cooking, using seasonal and locally sourced produce. This blog is to enable me to share with you a few of my recipes and baking ideas. Enjoy Hannah xxxx

Friday, 30 January 2009

Every since watching "Come Dine With Me" last week where one of the contestants made volcanic meatballs (I know it is a sad confession that I watch this but the voiceover man is so rude about all the contestants that it makes me laugh) I have been craving meatballs! So here is our version!

Meatballs with Chorizo Sauce
Serves 3 - 4

400g good quality beef mince
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp chopped fresh herbs (rosemary, parsley, thyme, chives etc)
salt and pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 red chilli, chopped
150g chorizo picante, skin removed and finely chopped
150ml maderia wine
400g tinned plum tomatoes, chopped
grated cheese to serve

In a bowl, mix together the mince, egg, herbs and season well with salt and pepper. Roll the mixture into 8 - 10 small balls, cover and place in the fridge whilst you prepare your sauce. In a large frying pan, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil and gently fry the onion, garlic and chilli until soft. Add the chorizo and fry for a further 3 - 4 minutes until the spicy oil from the chorizo is released. Pour in the Maderia wine and simmer for a further 3 - 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and leave to simmer for 20 minutes over a gentle heat until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper. Heat the remaining oil in a saucepan and gently fry the meatballs until lightly browned. This should take about 10 minutes. Transfer to the tomato sauce and cook for a further 10 minutes. Serve with freshly cooked pasta topped with grated cheese


Rita said...

I watch it too. I love watching it in Germany too - they really make an effort with the table decorating there. I love meatballs too - will make your recipe soon.

The Ample Cook said...

I am addicted to Come Dine with me. My hisband and I put it on the SKY planner. As you say Hannah the voice over guy is hilarious. By the way Peapod is gorgeous.

Bellini Valli said...

Great minds think alike Hannah. I made giant meatballs myself. I love the spicier flavour in yours.

Beth said...

I always watch this on the days I work from home. Its hilarious. Great recipe Hannah

Marie said...

I confess . . . I watch it too, when I have the chance. I think it's hilarious and the best part is the comments from the voice over man! I love meatballs too and yours look really good!

Maria said...

I'll confess to love watching it too and the narrator cracks me up. I love meatballs and chorizo, and this recipe is my idea of comfort food!