Chicken meatballs served on the “good dinner set”

Growing up in a food loving family and with parents who love entertaining, eating and cooking good food is something I am familiar with. No matter what the occasion, providing tasty well presented food was always important, and still is. Eating is so enjoyable, so why not make it special more often? It’s not hard to do – I just take basic recipes and add something extra nice. I have a herb garden outside when I need it and an array of spices in the pantry. And why not eat off the “good dinner set” more often? Don’t wait for Christmas, life’s too short!

To make everyday food more special, I tend to break my cooking into cuisines. That way I can work out what herbs and spices are associated with that cuisine and then I have my palette of flavours to work from. So the first recipe I would like to share with you is Chicken feta meatballs. My husband and I have dinner with his family every fortnight or so and we all take turns in cooking, so it was my turn last week. I try to think of ‘one pot’ meals as these travel a lot easier. I’m going through a meatball phase at the moment, so thought that would be a good choice! How do you make meatballs more exciting?

Chicken feta meatballs in a creamy mushroom & spinach sauce.

Makes 30 good sized meatballs (serves 6-7)

INGREDIENTS

For meatballs
1kg chicken mince
1/2 large red onion (chopped finely)
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp ground oregano
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Block of soft danish feta (cut into 1cm cubes)
1 cup plain flour (seasoned with salt)
2 tbls olive oil (for frying the balls)

For sauce
1 punnet button mushrooms (chopped)
2 handfuls baby spinach leaves
600mls thickened cream
2 tbls olive oil
2 tbls cream cheese
3 garlic cloves (crushed)
1/2 tsp ground oregano
pinch of sea salt & pepper

METHOD
Place all meatball ingredients (except feta and oil) into a large bowl and mix well. Form into small meatballs and insert a cube of feta into each ball as you go. Smooth meat over so the feta in encased and roll in seasoned flour. The size of the meatballs is up to you. They need to be big enough to hold the feta, and for 4-5 of them to be in one adult serve (see picture). Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the meatballs a few at a time, so the temperature of the pan stays hot. Turn meatballs occasionally until all lightly brown. Do not overcook as they will continue cooking in the sauce later. Set aside. Now onto the sauce!



In the same frying pan, heat oil, add mushrooms and garlic. Fry for a minute or so, then add the cream, cream cheese, oregano, sea salt and pepper. Simmer until cream reduces a bit and sauce has thickened slightly. Add in baby spinach. Taste. If required, add more salt and/or oregano. Once spinach has wilted down, add in the cooked meatballs. The meatballs will thicken the sauce as well. If the sauce becomes too thick, just add a little milk and stir and this will thin it out nicely.

Serve the meatballs on a small pile of creamy mashed potato. An italian salad and garlic bread are a nice addition for the table. If mashed potato seems like too much hassle, you can buy frozen mashed potato. I know it sounds like it’s cheating, but it is seriously good stuff. It comes in a bag containing little cigar shapes of potato which can be microwaved. The texture is absolutely fantastic. I also like to add a dash of milk and some seasoning. It’s like restaurant quality mash and the Safeway brand one just has potato, butter, salt and oil in it, so no nasties! Enjoy!

All photos and video taken by Neil Creek

18 Responses to “Chicken meatballs served on the “good dinner set””

  1. Janet says:

    Hooray – I’ve been waiting for you to post this recipe Nomi….I’m glad I was one of the lucky ones’ to sample this dish. Mmmmmmmmmm

  2. Mum says:

    They sound yummeee! Will be making them this week, I’m sure Dad will love them.

    Love Mum
    xxx

  3. I love the smell and taste of Oregano when added in some recipes.:;*

  4. Maryam Kaur says:

    i like to add herbs and spices on the foods i cook.~.*

  5. Yo,great post,thanks for your share! and I wonder if i can use this post in my blog in case I put a link back to yours? Waiting for your answer!

  6. Naomi Creek says:

    Hi Gulas

    I see your site is a recipe one. I don’t mind you using this post as long as you credit me with a link.

  7. Amelia Gray says:

    Oregano is a gread addition to everyday meals, i put them on soups and salads.*~-

  8. Zoe Ali says:

    herbs and spices can really make any food so tasty and yummy’,`

  9. Alfie Davies says:

    i always use Oregano and other herbs on my soup and homecooked meals**-

  10. Herbs and Spices are essential in making the best gourmet and pasta””~

  11. UV Paint : says:

    Herbs and Spices are always essential in making the perfect recipe at home and in restaurants*”‘

  12. i have a strong smell and i love the smell of Oregano. i always use it as a food additive’;;

  13. Thanks so much for this. This might sound weird, but I spent the first few years of my life in Italy, then travelled around the globe. Now I’m living in New Zealand, with my Chinese wife, and son we had whilst in Japan! Truly international, eh? Anyway, I’ve been trying to rediscover the smells and tastes of my youth with some authentic Italian recipes like these, best I’ve found so far! Thanks again, I’ll see if I can add the feed to my google reader tonight, though my son usually does that for me!

  14. Man, my grandmother was Italian and she made the most delicious meatballs I ever tasted, like you wouldnt believe. Sadly, she didnt leave a recipe for us so I’ve been trying to figure it out on my own… slowly working my through the meatball recipes here, I still cant figure out what her secret ingredient was though!!!

  15. Marva Lons says:

    We’ve just discovered the greatness of organic farming in our own backyard, I have to say potato soup is our favourite of the month. I found a website dedicated to potato soup recipes, which is quite amazing when you think about it. There’s a website for anything and everything nowadays it seems!

  16. herbs and spices are great additions for your foods and pastry,i’ve been using them for several years -‘*

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