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Juicy and tender meatballs with pumpkin: a delicious and unusual option

Kateryna YagovychFood
Meatballs with pumpkin. Source: foodnetwork.com

Meatballs are a great addition to porridge or pasta. And they are much easier to prepare than stuffed cabbage rolls or even cutlets. And to make the minced meat juicy and soft, add seasonal pumpkin.

The idea of cooking meatballs with pumpkin was published on the Instagram page of food blogger Tetiana Yushyna (_tanyushina_). You just need to grate the vegetable into the minced meat.

Juicy and tender meatballs with pumpkin: a delicious and unusual option

Ingredients:

  • 300-400 g of pumpkin
  • 600-800 g of minced meat (veal)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • parsley or dill

Ingredients for the sauce:

  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 600-800 g of grated tomatoes (or dilute tomato paste in water)
  • 2-3 tbsp of sour cream
  • salt, pepper, a pinch of sugar, bay leaf

Method of preparation:

Juicy and tender meatballs with pumpkin: a delicious and unusual option

1. Grate the pumpkin on a coarse grater.

2. Grind onion and garlic in a blender or meat grinder.

3. Chop the greens.

Juicy and tender meatballs with pumpkin: a delicious and unusual option

4. Mix all the vegetables with the minced meat.

5. Add the egg, salt and pepper.

6. For the sauce, cut the onion into cubes, and grate the carrots.

Juicy and tender meatballs with pumpkin: a delicious and unusual option

7. Heat a little oil in a deep frying pan.

8. Fry onions, and carrots, add tomato, sour cream, salt, pepper, sugar, and bay leaf.

Juicy and tender meatballs with pumpkin: a delicious and unusual option

9. Simmer for 10 minutes.

10. With wet hands, form meatballs from the minced meat, and put in a baking dish.

Juicy and tender meatballs with pumpkin: a delicious and unusual option

11. Pour over the sauce, and bake at 200 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

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