I love beef mince because of its variable usage, easy availability and cheapness.
Boleh katakan, there will always be beef mince stock in the freezer.
Setiap kali pergi butcher, I will buy about 2kg of beef mince and then when I get home, I will separate them into 500g bags.
I will make sure I flatten them nicely into very flat brick shapes before storing them in the freezer.
Sebab senang nak store and senang nak defrost in this shape.
When I have the time or I know what I want to make for dinner way in advance, I will take the beef mince brick out to thaw in the fridge.
But, when I do not know what I want to make for dinner until an hour before and takde masa nak thaw it nicely in the fridge, microwave lah yang jadi penyelamat.
I just use the defrost button on the microwave and let it do its job.
In less than 10 minutes, I have perfectly thawed beef mince on a plate.
Senang kan .
Lepas tu, baru fikir nak buat apa dengan the thawed beef mince, hehehehe….
Like petang semalam, pukul 4.30 baru terfikir nak masak meatballs to go with the potato skins yang I’ve made in the afternoon.
So, I took out the frozen beef mince, put it in the microwave and defrosted it.
While the mince was defrosting, I made fresh white breadcrumbs, chopped up the onions. Semua ni I buat in my stick mixer which makes life so much easier for me.
I love my stick mixer so much so that when I dropped the bowl and put a crack in the bowl, instead of buying a new one (which The Other Half says I should be doing), I just fixed it by taping gaffa tape around the outside and it’s working fine.
No leak whatsoever!
I don’t know whether it’s called being a cheapskate or being resourceful . hahahahaha…
Malas nak beli the replacement bowl because I think it will only be slightly cheaper than buying a whole new set.
But membazir pulak rasanya beli a whole new set sebab the other smoothie/soup bowl, the soup attachement and the stick are all in perfect working order.
But the only problem is that, I can’t see what’s inside, hehehehe…
Kalau nak buat breadcrumbs in large amount or nak chop other things in large amount, I use the food processor.
Anyyywaaaayyyyyy, back to the beef mince and meatballs …..
Then I put the breadcrumb, the chopped onion, the beef mince all in a bowl.
Lepas tu, baru lah I add benda2 lain depending on my mood.
Semalam, I add tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, worcesteshire sauce, chicken stock powder and paprika.
The amount of each ingredient I selalunya main agak2 aje…
Then, I kepal2 and shape them into balls, tak besar sangat and tak kecik sangat. Senang dimakan punya size, hehehe.
Then I arranged them all on a baking tray which has been lined with baking paper, and spray olive oil on the balls and bake them in the oven at 190C for around 20 minutes.
If you want to pan fry them, you have to put them in the fridge for about 30 minutes first before frying to firm them up so tak pecah2 masa you pan fry them.
But kalau masuk oven, lepas kepal, boleh terus masak.
Tu yang by 5 o’clock I dah boleh masak the meatballs and by 5.20, the meatballs were ready.
Yang mengambil masa nak buat was shaping it into balls aje.
Oven-baked meatballs with cheesy potato ckins, bread and salad.
The cheesy potato skins I ikut recipe ini. But you might have to bake the potatoes longer depending on the size and type.
The flesh of the potatoes I nak guna untuk buat tuna croquettes malam ni .