2011-01-27 / Family

A Delicious Take On An Old Favorite

Goulash Meatballs Goulash Meatballs Few foods are as universally beloved as meatballs. There’s something about the combination of rich meat and bread crumbs rolled up into a perfect bite-sized ball that appeals to people of all ages.

One of the great things about meatballs is their versatility. Meatballs can be served as an appetizer, a side dish or the main course. Meatballs’ versatility also extends to their ingredients. For example, the following recipe for “Goulash Meatballs,” from Rachael Anne Hill and Tamsin Burnett-Hall’s “The Powerfood Cookbook” (Ryland, Peters & Small) isn’t the traditional meatball recipe, but it’s delicious nonetheless.

Goulash Meatballs
Serves 6

2/3onion, very finely chopped
1 cup chicken broth
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 red and 1 green bell pepper, deseeded and diced
2 teaspoons paprika
14 ounces canned chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Sea salt and freshly ground black

1/3onion, very finely chopped
1 pound, 2 ounces extra lean pork
1 slice whole-grain bread, processed
to crumbs
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon dried sage

To serve
5 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti
1 cups shredded green cabbage
1 tablespoons low-fat sour cream

Start the sauce by cooking the onion in 1/4 cup of the broth in a covered casserole for 4 to 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in the garlic, peppers and paprika and cook for 1 minute, then add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and the remaining broth. Season and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

While the sauce is cooking, mix the meatball ingredients together with seasoning and shape into 24 small balls. Brown the meatballs in 2 batches in a nonstick frying pan, then add to the sauce and simmer for 20 minutes.

Cook the spaghetti in a large saucepan of lightly salted boiling water for 7 minutes, then stir in the cabbage and cook for another 5 minutes. Drain and divide the pasta and cabbage between warmed bowls. Spoon the meatballs and sauce over the pasta and top each serving with a teaspoon of sour cream.

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