Britain and most of the world is in the vice like grip of the Coronavirus. People across the world are in isolation with access only for essential trips to places like the supermarket. The mood around the globe with the seemingly never ending cancellations is understandably glum. This led me to an idea.
Across the next few days, weeks and maybe even months. I would like to bring to these pages some simple recipes. These recipes are designed to be as easy as possible on both execution and your finances. Also, they are a lot of fun.
With many people opting to bulk buy at our supermarkets (believe me, I know! My day job happens to be in a supermarket) I will share with you some tips on how to shop, where to shop and how to get value for money.
I started off by heading to my local market. Leicester Market is a gem for anything and everything. Buying beef mince from the butchers gave me the idea for some Swedish Meatballs. Consolation for anyone having withdrawal symptoms from the closure of IKEA restaurants.
What you will need….
500g Beef Mince (Pork will also work nicely)
1 Onion, chopped as finely as you can
1 Garlic Clove, chopped as finely as you can
1 tsp Allspice (Paprika, Ground Cloves or Nutmeg are also a good substitute)
150ml Double Cream
1 tbsp Mustard (preferably Dijon)
1 tbsp Soy Sauce (optional)
Lingonberry Jam, to serve (optional)
Oil, for frying
How to make it…..
Place the beef mince, allspice, garlic and half of the chopped onion into a bowl. Season with salt and pepper then get your hands in there and mix everything together until combined. Shape the mixture into small balls, just slightly smaller than a ping pong ball.
Add a tablespoon of oil into a non-stick frying pan (I used olive oil but any cooking oil will be fine). Set the heat to medium high and once the pan is hot, add the meatballs in. Fry for 3-4 minutes and then turn the meatballs over. Continue until brown all over then remove onto a plate.
Drain off any excess grease then take the remaining chopped half onion and add into the pan. Gently fry the onion until softened, around 5-7 minutes and then drop the heat to medium-low. Add in the mustard, cream and soy sauce (if using) and stir to combine. Tip the meatballs back in and cover the pan with a lid (or in my case, an upturned plate!).
Simmer the meatballs for 10 minutes by which time they should be fully cooked. Shake the pan every so often to ensure that the sauce doesn’t catch on the base. I served my meatballs with lingonberry jam (bought from IKEA of course) and a baked potato.
You can serve this with whatever you like. Rice, salad or some steamed greens would work perfectly. Potatoes, baked or mashed, are my favourite with this recipe. The lingonberry jam is tricky to find outside of IKEA so a good substitute is cranberry sauce.
Beef mince from a butcher tastes a heck of a lot better than the supermarket stuff. The meatballs have a lovely fragrant spice to them which pairs really well with the mustard cream sauce.
Lingonberry jam is a traditional accompaniment to this dish in Sweden and it goes brilliantly well in this recipe. As mentioned, cranberry sauce would be a decent substitute or perhaps redcurrant jelly.
For a recipe costing me less than £5 to make, I was delighted. I really hope that you enjoy making this dish, it could well become a firm favourite in your household.