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Meatball and Mushroom Tray Bake

Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Bake, Meatball, Mushroom, Potato
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 500 g oyster mushrooms roughly torn in half
  • 800 g roasting potatoes skin on and cut into 3-4cm pieces
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 2 lemons skin finely shaved, to get 4 strips, and juiced, to get 60ml
  • 420 ml chicken stock
  • 3 sticks celery finely sliced on an angle, reserve leaves
  • 1 tbsp currants
  • 2 tbsp parsley leaves finely chopped

Meatballs

  • 30 g dried porcini mushrooms soaked in 250ml boiling water for 10 minutes
  • 250 g beef mince
  • 250 g pork mince
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 plum tomato coarsely grated, skin discarded and liquid drained (50g net weight)
  • 1 banana shallot peeled and finely grated
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and crushed
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 50 g parmesan finely grated
  • 2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley finely chopped
  • 1 egg beaten

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 220C (200C fan)/425F/gas 7. Put the mushrooms, potatoes, chilli, five tablespoons of oil and the lemon peel in a 35cm x 25cm roasting tray, season with a quarter teaspoon of salt and a good grind of pepper, and roast for 35 minutes, stirring twice, so the potatoes and mushrooms don’t stick to the tray, until soft and golden brown.

  2. Meanwhile, make the meatballs. Drain the porcini, squeezing out as much water as possible, then finely chop. Put in a large bowl with all the other meatball ingredients, three-quarters of a teaspoon of salt and plenty of pepper. Mix until well combined, then form into eight large, 110g or so, meatballs, squeezing to compact them.

  3. Pour the stock over the potatoes and mushrooms, arrange the meatballs evenly around the tray and return to the oven for 35 minutes, turning the tray around once halfway through the roasting, until the meatballs are cooked through and golden-brown.

  4. While the meatballs are cooking, mix the celery, celery leaves, currants and parsley in a medium-sized bowl with the lemon juice, the remaining 25ml olive oil, a quarter-teaspoon of salt and a good grind of pepper.

  5. When you’re ready to eat, top the meatballs with the celery mixture and serve directly from the tray.


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