PESTO MEATBALLS SERVED IN OVEN-ROASTED TOMATOES

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Pesto Meatballs in Oven-roasted Tomatoes

When the pesto caught my eye while I was taking out the minced meat from the fridge and I got the inspiration to make these pesto meatballs, I also had a flashback to when I was a teenager and brought home a friend for dinner and my father made meatballs with coconut (I haven’t heard from that friend ever since) – would these meatballs be as horrid as those, the nightmare of meatballs (FYI my father was a good cook but quite experimental at times)? They obviously wasn’t as I am presenting them to you here today but I was a bit worried to tell the truth, maybe they would fall apart and just taste like perfumed mothballs. Instead I really liked them and served in oven-roasted tomatoes like here, they are a most perfect finger food indeed! But you can serve them like you want, the choice is yours.

Pesto Meatballs in Oven-roasted Tomatoes

PESTO MEATBALLS SERVED IN OVEN-ROASTED TOMATOES

500 g/1,1 lb minced meat
1 egg
4-5 tblsp freshly grated parmesan
3-4 tblsp pesto or more if you want + more
10-12 tomatoes
salt
extra-virgin olive oil

– Divide the tomatoes in two and empty them of seeds with the help of a spoon- Put them on an oven-proof form, sprinkle salt over and then drizzle olive oil on top. Bake in a pre-heated oven (150°C/300°F) until baked, it takes about 30-40 minutes.
– Mix meat, egg, parmesan, pesto and salt well and form quite small meatballs that you fry in a skillet in olive oil.
– Put a little pesto in each tomato half and then fill them up with small meatballs, if you want you can top with a little more pesto on the top like I did.

Pesto Meatballs in Oven-roasted Tomatoes

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