These Cajun meatballs are a great midweek dinner, make double and freeze a batch for a delicious go to meal.
2 tbsp each butter and plain flour
1 onion, finely chopped
1 green pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 bay leaf
400g can plum tomatoes
1 chicken stock cube
dash of Tabasco or hot pepper sauce
4 spring onions, finely sliced
handful coriander, roughly chopped
rice or mash, to serve
FOR THE MEATBALLS
1 tbsp Cajun spice mix
500g pack turkey mince
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Put the butter in a pan over a low heat. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring all the time to make a roux. Cook until the roux is hazelnut brown in colour – make sure that it doesn’t burn. Tip in the vegetables, garlic and bay leaf, stir briefly, then pour in the tomatoes and 1½ cans of water. Crumble in the stock cube, add the hot sauce, then cover and cook for 15 mins, stirring occasionally, while you make the meatballs.
Work the spice and some seasoning into the turkey mince. Try not to over-handle or it will toughen. Shape into 20 meatballs.
Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan and quickly brown the meatballs in batches until they are nicely coloured on all sides.
Stir the sauce, then drop in the meatballs and cook on a low heat for 10 mins until the turkey is cooked through. Scatter over the spring onions and coriander, and serve with some rice or mash.