Spicy Dutch Meatballs
This is a recipe I stumbled across recently and having made them today I had to share with everyone. They are delicious! It seems odd putting sweet biscuits in a meat dish but trust me this works really well. Sweet, sticky and spicy – we were scoffing them down as I lifted them out of the pan…
4 slices thin bacon
4 slices ham
6 Speculaas (Dutch biscuits)*
1 kg good minced beef beef (I always use diet mince)
3 teaspoons spices (Speculaas spices)**
6 tablespoons Ketjap Manis***
1 1/2 tablespoon Sambal Oelek****
2 tablespoons butter
Cut the bacon and ham into very thin strips.
Grind the biscuits into fine crumbs and mix them with the speculaar spice powder, ketjap, sambal and bacon, then using your hands, mix all of it thoroughly with the minced beef.
Roll the mixture into balls about the size of a golf ball (about 20 or so).
Heat the butter in a large pan and cook in batches for about 10 minutes on a low heat until golden brown and cooked though.
Serve while warm with a little extra Sambal Oelek
* Speculaas are a crunchy Dutch cinnamony spicy biscuit readily available in all supermarkets.
** Speculaas Spices are a combination of spices – I mixed together about 1/4 – 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon powder, all spice powder cumin powder, ground nutmeg, coriander powder, ginger powder and cumin powder to make up about 3 teaspoons. You can add anything else more or less depending on what your favourite flavours are… Some delis do sell the powder already made up…
*** Ketjap Manis is a thick sweet Indonesian Soy Sauce and is readily available in all supermarkets.
**** Sambal Oelek is a paste made with ground chillies and is readily available in all supermarkets.