Stuffed Meatballs in Vegetable Sauce and Gruyère AOP

November 10, 2016
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These cheese-stuffed meatballs in a fresh vegetable sauce are great as appetizers or a meal. Recipe courtesy of Le Gruyère.

Ingredients

for the vegetable sauce
  • 6 oz (150g) carrots
  • 6 oz (150g) celeriac salt and pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large tin diced tomatoes (26-28oz, 800g)
  • 1 bunch of parsley
For the Meatballs
  • 4-5oz (120g) Gruyère AOP
  • 1 slice of white bread
  • 2 gherkins
  • 1 onion
  • 14 oz (400g) ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons hot paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcester sauce
  • frying oil

Instructions

For the Vegetable Sauce

Prepare carrots and celery and cut into 1/2 in (1cm) cubes. Finely chop the onion.

Sauté the carrots, celery, and onions in the oil for about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, season with salt & pepper and allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Finely chop the parsley and sprinkle.

For the Meatballs

Briefly soak the white bread in water and squeeze well.

Finely chop the gherkins. Chop onion into small pieces or grate on a fine grater.

Put ground beef in a bowl with bread, gherkins, onion, and egg. Add paprika powder, salt, and Worcester sauce. Knead well by hand until you have a consistent mix.

Cut cheese into 1/2 - 3/4 in (1.5cm) cubes, which gives around 20 to 24 pieces.

Add ground beef mixture to a cube of cheese piece by piece and shape into balls. Fry the balls in the oil on medium heat for 8-10 minutes.

Serve with the vegetable sauce.

  • stuffed meatballs with vegetable sauce