One bite of this meal and you’ll think your mind is playing tricks on you. The rich combination of tender beef meatballs and a tomato-BBQ sauce tastes just like a classic cheeseburger, except all baked together in a comforting dish. Add some bright green beans for crunch and garlic bread to mop up the sauce and this will quickly become a favourite.
All-American Spice Blend(May be presentGluten)
shredded Cheddar cheese(ContainsMilk)
bake-at-home ciabatta(ContainsGluten, SoyaMay be presentEgg, Milk, Sesame, Tree Nuts, Lupin)
Preheat the oven to 240°C/220°C fan-forced. Finely chop the brown onion. Finely chop the garlic (or use a garlic press). Trim the green beans. Grate the carrot (unpeeled), or finely chop if you'd prefer.
In a medium bowl, combine the beef mince, egg, All-American spice blend and fine breadcrumbs (see ingredients list). Season with salt and pepper and combine. Using damp hands, shape heaped spoonfuls of the mixture into meatballs and place on a plate. You should get around 4-6 meatballs per person. In a large frying pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil over a medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, for 4-5 minutes, or until browned. Transfer to a medium baking dish.
Return the frying pan to a medium heat with a drizzle more olive oil if needed. Add the onion and carrot and cook for 3-4 minutes or until softened. Add 1/2 the garlic and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the tomato paste (see ingredients list) and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, BBQ sauce, 1/2 the butter and crumbled beef stock (1 cube for 2 people / 2 cubes for 4 people). Bring to a simmer and season with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce into the baking dish and top with the shredded Cheddar cheese. Bake for 10 minutes or until melted.
While the meatballs are baking, slice the bake-at-home ciabatta in half lengthways, then slice each half across the diagonal. Place the remaining butter and garlic in a small bowl and microwave in 10 second bursts or until melted. Season with salt and pepper. Brush the garlic butter over the cut side of the ciabatta pieces and place directly onto the wire racks in the oven. Bake for 5 minutes or until golden.
While the bread is baking, wash out the frying pan and return to a medium-high heat. Add the green beans and a dash of water. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until just tender. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper. TIP: There's no need for oil, the water helps them steam!
Divide the American beef meatballs, garlic bread and green beans between plates. Spoon over any excess sauce from the baking dish.