So I had all this Garden Cocktail my uncle gave me that was past it’s best before date that I wanted to get used up. Besides making cream of tomato soup (with soup mix legume/grain mix), I thought I’d try making some kind of beer ball dish. What I came up with is actually quite good. My uncle had brought down a pack of medium ground beef so I put my thinking cap on. You could use lean or extra lean, but you might want to consider adding more eggs to hold it all together.
- about 1 tbsp. bacon grease (use whatever oil you want, I don’t want to hear about bacon grease being unhealthy, it adds good taste)
- 500 g. medium ground beef
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tube of soda biscuit, finely crushed (by hand is good enough)
- a pinch of salt
- a pinch of pepper
- 1/2 small onion, diced
- 1/2 large onion, diced or thinly sliced (optional)
- about 2 c. Garden Cocktail
- the better half of a beer (I wanted to get Beck’s non-alcohol beer used up, it worked well)
- about 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1/3 c. Ketchup
- 1/3 c. medium garlic sauce (e.g. VH sauce)
Heat the oil (the bacon grease in my case) in a large sauce pan or frying pan. Mix the meatball ingredients together and form into balls about 1″ to 1.5 ” in diameter (try not to overwork the meat otherwise it will be a little tough, not the end of the world though). Place each meatball in the hot pan and cook on medium heat.
Mix all the sauce ingredients in a bowl.
As the meatballs are frying, add the optional loose onion in the pan and cover. Turn meatballs occasionally and cook meat entirely. Once the meat is cooked and the optional onion is translucent, add the sauce. Cover and bring to a boil for about 20 minutes while stirring occasionally, then simmer on low for about a half hour. Serve with potatoes, rice, or whatever side you like.