The challenge was set by my youngest son to come up with a gluten free meatball just like Ikea’s and apparently these are winners. To make them completely authentic I serve them with mashed potato, some green Veg and a dollop of Ikea’s finest lingonberry jam!
The quantity is big but I always think that when you are going to the effort to make meatballs you should always make extra for the freezer, your hands are dirty anyway!
This recipe makes 90 meatballs with sauce and that’s enough to feed 18!!!!!
Freeze the excess in foil trays or ziplock bags with the sauce on them for a quick defrost and bake dinner another night.
1kg minced beef
1kg minced pork
60g fresh gluten free breadcrumbs
2 onions, peeled and grated
2 teaspoon dried thyme, ground in a mortar and pestle
3 teaspoons salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons oil
6 tablespoons gluten free plain flour
1 tablespoon tomato paste
500mls red wine
1.5 litres beef stock
50mls gluten free Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper
Combine the beef, pork, milk, breadcrumbs, onion, thyme, salt and pepper. Use your hands to ensure that it is totally mixed.
Set aside in the fridge for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade. Line two baking trays with baking parchment.
Form the meat into small balls, set aside on a third baking tray.
Heat a large frying pan, I use a 32cm pan, this is a BIG quantity, over a high heat, add the oil and once hot start frying the meatballs in batches. Cook until coloured all over and then using a slotted spoon, remove and pop them onto the prepared baking trays lined with baking parchment.
Once all of the meatballs are sealed and on the trays slide into the oven and bake for 10 minutes until cooked through.
While the meatballs are cooking make the gravy.
Add the butter to the frying pan, once melted add the flour and tomato paste, cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, scraping all the yummy bits off the bottom of the pan.
Now add the wine and stock, whisk over a medium heat for 7 minutes. Add the Worcestershire sauce and cream, heat through.
Remove the meatballs from the oven and either add them to the gravy or place in a serving dish and pour over the gravy. Serve hot.
At this stage I use foil trays for the meatballs going in the freezer, pour over the gravy, chill and freeze.