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Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Meatballs

  • ¾lb/340g minced beef
  • 2oz/57g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbs cooking oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 leek
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 2oz/57g mushrooms
  • salt & pepper

Sauce

  • 1 heaped tsp cornflower
  • 2 level tsp sugar
  • ¼pt/142ml water
  • 1 dessertspoon tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbs vinegar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce (optional)
  • salt & pepper

Method

  1. Place meat, breadcrumbs, egg & seasonings together in a bowl & mix well. Turn onto a floured board & shape into 16 balls.
  2. Heat oil in frying pan & fry meatballs until brown all over. Lift out onto plate.
  3. Peel & chop onion, peel carrot & cut into slices, slice leek & celery, quarter mushrooms. Add to pan & fry slowly.
  4. Place cornflower & sugar in a bowl & gradually stir in water. Add ketchup, vinegar & soy sauce & pour into frying pan, season and cover with a lid or foil. Cook for 30 minutes. Serve with ribbon noodles or mashed potatoes.