Product: IKEA® Swedish Meatballs

Rating: ★★★★☆

Price: HK$75/ pack

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Low-Carb IKEA® Swedish Meatballs and Spaghetti Tartlets 

瑞典肉丸意粉迷你撻

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我每次到宜家家居購物後都很喜歡買它又便宜又美味的小吃,其中最喜歡的是瑞典肉丸。肉丸用了豬肉和牛肉製成,肉質鮮味,而且爽口彈牙。

因近期一連串的食品安全風波,宜家家居已加強監管日常生產程序, 並已縮減肉類供應商的數量,嚴密監控食物的品質,所以吃得安心。宜家家居亦不斷為原材料及製成品進行測試,所有測試結果都證實肉丸只含有所列出的成分,絕無雜質。

最近宜家家居送了一大包瑞典肉丸到我家(肉丸7月6日起在宜家家居有售),於是我便寫了這個肉丸意粉迷你撻食譜。這個迷你撻只運用了極少的意粉,但吃下去感覺卻和吃肉丸意粉不是差太遠,是我為一班晚飯要少吃澱粉質的朋友特別設計的菜式!

Every time after I finish shopping at IKEA, I will always buy some snacks from the canteen – the snacks are cheap, yet incredibly tasty and satisfying, and the Swedish meatballs are one of my favourites. Made with a mixture of pork and beef, the meatballs have a gorgeous meaty taste and are also impeccably seasoned; their texture is springy and bouncy, and they are the perfect afternoon snack! Due to a series of food scandals in recent years, IKEA has tightened its production monitoring process and reduced the number of suppliers in its production line. It also regularly tests its food products to ensure that all the meatballs only contain the ingredients listed on its packaging, so I won’t ever have to worry about any unknown ingredients in the food!

IKEA recently sent me a huge pack of IKEA Swedish meatballs (which will be available in stores from 6 July 2013 onwards), which is almost big enough to feed me for a week. I have been playing around with some meatball recipes, and have decided to share this recipe for Meatball and Spaghetti Tartlets, which are very easy to make and taste absolutely brilliant! This recipe was inspired by some girl friends who love eating pasta, but are recently trying to reduce their carbohydrates intake at dinner. Each Meatball and Spaghetti Tartlet only has a tiny amount of pasta in it, but it doesn’t taste or feel very different from eating meatball spaghetti. I hope you will enjoy this cheesy, yummy low-carb dish!

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Ingredients (Serves 2):

– 12 IKEA Swedish meatballs (frozen)

– 50g thin spaghetti or angel hair pasta

– 1 small can tomato purée

– 1 pack salad leaves

– 1 box yellow cherry tomatoes (you can use red cherry tomatoes if you cannot find these, but I think the yellow ones give the salad a nicer colour!)

– 100g grated Parmesan cheese

– 15ml vinaigrette dressing

– salt and pepper

– 1 24-cup muffin pan

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 225°C.

2. Boil the thin spaghetti or angel hair pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

3. When the oven is ready, take 12 meatballs straight from the freezer and bake the meatballs in an ovenproof dish for 10 minutes.

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4. Cut the yellow cherry tomatoes into quarters and mix with the salad leaves. Drizzle with vinaigrette dressing and lightly season with salt and pepper.

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5. This is the trickiest part of the otherwise very simple recipe. Line 12 cups in the muffin pan with grated Parmesan cheese. Take 3 strands of pasta, twirl them around your fingers and place them into each muffin cup. Sprinkle more cheese over it and put in another batch of pasta. Repeat until the muffin cup is around 3/4 full. Then, spoon 4 teaspoons of tomato purée into each of the 12 muffin cups.

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6. Take 6 meatballs and cut them into halves. Put a halved meatball in each muffin cup and sprinkle more cheese on top. IMG_0131_2

7. Bake in the oven for 5-8 minutes, until the cheese is melted.

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8. Take the muffin pan out of the oven, and place 6 “tartlets” on each plate. Serve with salad and the rest of the meatballs on the side. Enjoy your easy-to-make, very delicious and low-carb meal!

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