Meatballs in Tomato and Chorizo Sauce with Spicy Potatoes - Gastropub

Meatballs coated in a rich and tasty tomato and chorizo sauce, accompanied by crispy, spicy potatoes. This is another of my Marks and Spencer copy cat recipes from the Gastropub range and I have to say, every mouthful was totally delicious.

Meatballs in Tomato and Chorizo Sauce with Spicy Potatoes

If the list of stuff looks long and too much to do, it's only because I've broken it down into three parts for each part of the meal; meatballs, sauce and potatoes.


Top Tips!

If you buy good quality minced pork with a low-fat content your meatballs will be tender and delicious. I use minced pork that's 5% fat. Yes you do pay a bit more than say minced pork with 20% fat but at the end of the day, you are just paying for a load of fat. 

It's also worth buying good quality tomatoes, I know I'm always going on about tinned tomatoes but some cheap brands are in the juice which is pale and watery. This will, of course, have an effect on the sauce, but I totally understand if you can't afford them. If that's the case don't worry, just drain the tomatoes from the juice.

You can even use a mixture of minced beef and pork which would be a great idea and is what I use to make lasagne or spaghetti bolognese. For this though, I was just trying to copy the Meatballs in Tomato and Chorizo Sauce with Spicy Potatoes from Marks and Spencer Gastropub range.

A word on Chorizo:
For this, I used dry-cured chorizo, you know, the one that comes in a ring and is tied at the top. Now, this type can actually be eaten as it is. But most of this type has to have the skin removed because it's actually undigestable.

Usually, it's the really authentic chorizo rings that you have to remove the skin before cooking. So, please be sure to read the packet because it should tell you there. 

The other kind of chorizo has to be cooked because it's more of a traditional type of sausage and it is raw, so do check which one you are buying to be sure.



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Meatballs in Tomato and Chorizo Sauce with Spicy Potatoes

Meatballs in Tomato and Chorizo Sauce with Spicy Potatoes

My Marks and Spencer copycat meal as sold in their Gastropub range.
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ingredients:

  • For the sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 fat cloves of garlic
  • ½ a red chilli – seeds in
  • ½ a red bell pepper
  • 1 x 400g tin of cherry tomatoes - good quality ones or the juice will be tasteless and watery
  • ¼ of the empty tomato can of red wine
  • ½ a teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • a splash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • ½ of a chorizo ring - about 8 inches in length - skin removed
  • another ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • freshly chopped parsley - to serve
  • For the meatballs:
  • 400g minced pork – no more than about 5% fat
  • 2 fat cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For the potatoes you will need:
  • However many potatoes you fancy making
  • a couple of teaspoons of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper
  • salt and black pepper to taste

instructions:

How to cook Meatballs in Tomato and Chorizo Sauce with Spicy Potatoes

  1. Whiz the onion, garlic, chilli and red pepper in a food processor.
  2. Heat the oil in a flameproof dish or large frying pan. Add the whizzed up ingredients and cook over low heat until the onion is nice and soft but not coloured. You’ll need to keep stirring as you don’t want it to burn.
  3. Add the paprika, and give it a stir. Now stir in the tin of tomatoes including the juice and the Worcester sauce.
  4. Use the empty can to measure out about a ¼ of the can of red wine.
  5. Simmer until it’s a nice consistency – not too thick or thin.
  6. Heat a tiny amount of oil in a separate frying pan and add the other ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika.
  7. Fry the diced chorizo until it looks nice and is getting on for crispy.
  8. Tip the chorizo into the pan with the tomatoes etc. Don't fuss about washing the frying pan as you can use it in a bit to fry the meatballs.
  9. Give it a good stir and turn off the heat until you’re everything else is ready.
  10. To make the meatballs:
  11. Whiz the onion and garlic in a food processor and tip into a largish mixing bowl.
  12. Stir in the cumin and chopped parsley along with a little salt and some pepper.
  13. Mix in the minced pork gently with a fork. Don’t over mix or the meet will go horrid and over-processed looking.
  14. You can fry off a tiny bit of the mixture to taste, if you want, to make sure the seasoning is right.
  15. When you’re happy, shape into about 10 or 12 meatballs using your hands and put them on a plate to one side.
  16. If you’re not cooking them straight away you will need to cover them with cling film and refrigerate them.
  17. When you are ready to cook the meatballs:
  18. Heat up the pan you fried the chorizo in and a tiny bit more oil if you really need it. Fry the meatballs for about 10 minutes turning and frying till they are cooked through and as evenly browned as you can get them.
  19. Remove from the heat and put them in the sauce - ready to heat through when you're ready for them.
  20. For the potatoes:
  21. Peel enough potatoes as you fancy and cut them into smallish cubes - about 2cm or an inch.
  22. Pour a glug or two of olive oil into a large mixing bowl and add some salt, pepper and say 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper.
  23. Give it a stir and stir in the potatoes – making sure they’re well coated with the oil and the seasoning.
  24. Tip them onto a preheated baking tray and bake on the middle shelf for about 40 to 45 minutes.
  25. After the first 15 minutes give them a mix around so they colour on both sides.
  26. As cooking times of potatoes vary depending on the variety used the time could differ. You want them to be cooked through and are a nice colour.
  27. Serve immediately and sprinkle with the chopped parsley whilst everything is piping hot.
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12 comments

  1. Mmmmmm. This is my kind of meal... I love the sound of the sauce and the spicy potatoes.

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  2. Looks great as always Jan! Yummo!! by the way I could not print the recipe out. The page told me I was not authorized to view it! Just thought you should know! xxoo

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  3. Looks great as always Jan! Yummo!! by the way I could not print the recipe out. The page told me I was not authorized to view it! Just thought you should know! xxoo

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  4. Ooooooh this looks sublime, I bet you done a much better job than M&S aswell!

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  5. Mmm I love the spicy flavours in here - like the chorizo and the cumin in the meatballs. Yum!

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  6. Marie - it you should be able to print it now.
    Somehow it was set so that only I could view it!.....Not very helpful was it?!

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  7. I look at and read so many recipes, but everytime I come here, I want what I see. Simple homecooking!! This is my favorite comfort food!

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  8. Just delish! I just love the sound of this.

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  9. The recipe looks great and i'm going to try making the sauce later.
    One thing i will say though... In the ingredients there is half a chilli and half a bell pepper in the sauce. No where in the process was this mentioned.

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  10. Will - I've had a look and is does mention them in the 'Sauce' bit.
    I have to say I have just added the word 'and' (shown here as AND) to the following couple of sentences that was already there:

    'Whiz the onion, garlic, chilli AND red pepper in a food processor.

    Heat a glug of oil in a flame proof dish or large frying pan. Add the whizzed up ingredients and cook over a low heat until the onion is nice and soft but not coloured. You’ll need to keep stirring as you don’t want it to burn.

    PLEASE let me know if it now reads right?
    Cheers Jan

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  11. Great recipe! Went down a treat with the hubby :-) thanks

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I love to hear from everyone so thanks for taking the time to comment.

Cheers
Jan