Frikkadels in Tomato Sauce

Juicy, well-seasoned frikkadels are a much-loved favourite in South Africa - they're easy to make, kids love them, easy tot pop into their lunchboxes. They also make for healthy snack for long journeys. Serve your meatballs in a rich tomato sauce as per our recipe below with pasta, mashed potato or pap.

Recipe from Ricardo Cuisine

Tomato Sauce
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tbsp (30 ml) L.A. FARMS Olive Oil
1 can (769 ml) whole plum tomatoes

2 slices white sandwich bread
1/4 cup (60 ml) milk
450 g of L.A. FARMS Mince of your choice (Wagyu, Angus, Lamb)
1 1/2 cups (150 g) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/4 cup (10 g) chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground fennel
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
Basil leaves for garnishing

Tomato Sauce

In a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, lightly brown the garlic in the oil with the bay leaf and red pepper flakes. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 30 minutes. When they begin to break down, coarsely crush the tomatoes using a potato masher. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.

Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse the bread until the size of bread crumbs. In a large bowl, soak the bread crumbs in the milk for 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and, using your hands, combine well.

Working with lightly oiled hands, shape each meatball using 2 tbsp (30 ml) of the mixture.

Place the meatballs in the tomato sauce, cover and cook for 10 minutes over medium-low heat, turning them a few times during cooking. Uncover and continue cooking for 10 minutes or until cooked through.