The most recent purchase in our household is the Food Grinder Attachment for the KitchenAid mixer. This has been a great purchase as I have always wanted to grind my own meat, so with the help of the food grinder attachment and some fresh Green Meadows Beef casserole steak let me show you how to grind your own meatballs.
Begin with 500 g – 1 kg of Green Meadows Beef casserole steak, either as steaks or diced.
If whole steak, dice into 1 cm cubes leaving any bits of fat.
With the food grinder attachment attached to the KitchenAid, set the speed level to 4 and start grinding the diced beef. Remember to put a bowl under the grinder to catch the mince. I have used the coarse grinding plate for these meatballs.
Once the beef has been through once and you have a bowl of mince, put the mince through for a second time.
Once the mince has been through the grinder twice, the result is a lovely pile of coarse mince. The freshness and coarse grind of the beef an egg is not necessary to bind the meatballs. With the mince still in a large mixing bowl simply add a teaspoon each of salt and pepper and a bunch of fresh chopped Italian parsley and mix together with your hands until all the ingredients are combined.
Once combined, measure out 25-30 g of mince mixture and roll into a ball in the palm of your hand.
Vary the weight of the meatballs to the desired size. Once all the meatballs have been rolled simply cook to your recipe or store in a plastic container and freeze to use at a later time.
These are really easy to prepare, the time took from dicing the beef then grinding and rolling the mince mixture into meatballs took around 20 minutes. Once the meatballs are rolled they can be used in a number of dishes. The meatballs that I did not freeze were made into a classic spaghetti and meatballs dish.
Do you grind your own meatballs or do you buy mince from the supermarket? Let me know in the comments below.