Ostrich Meatballs with Spicy Plum Sauce – Hein van Tonder

Hein van Tonder's Ostrich Meatballs in Spicy Plum Sauce

Hein van Tonder’s Ostrich Meatballs in Spicy Plum Sauce

Hein says, “Every once in a while I make a recipe that just beats expectation on all levels. It is easy to make, tastes fantastic and I think the photos do it absolute justice. These ostrich meatballs in spicy plum sauce is one of those recipes. And I am so happy it is a savoury recipe this time as it is usually a sweet recipe that has me excited to press the publish button.”

500g lean ground ostrich
2 red onions, finely chopped
a handful of parsley finely chopped
1 clove garlic, mashed
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp smoked paprika
zest of half a lemon

oil for shallow frying

80 – 100ml Chili Plum sauce

chopped flat leaf parsley

Mix all the ingredients except the oil, plum sauce together and roll into meatballs the size of walnuts – you get about 25.

Cover and rest the meatballs in fridge for 2 hours

Heat the oil in a pan and fry the meatballs on all sides until just cooked.

Do this in batches as to not overcrowd the pan.

Keep the meatballs warm until all have been cooked.

Clean the pan and return to the heat.

Add about 40ml of the plum sauce to the pan.

Once bubbling, add the meatballs and swirl it in the sauce.

Add the rest of the sauce and as soon as the meatballs are well coated and the sauce cooked down a bit spoon it into a serving dish.

Drizzle with any remaining sauce in the pan.

Serve immediately with some chopped parsley for colour.

Michael’s wine recommendation – CLICK HERE

Steenberg Merlot 2011

Steenberg Merlot 2011

Hein van Tonder of heinstirred.com photo by Francois Pistorius

Hein van Tonder of heinstirred.com
photo by Francois Pistorius

For as long as memory serves, I have references and recollections that involve food.

This passion has brought me to create and develop Heinstirred. As a South African food writer and photographer based in Cape Town I’m at my happiest in the kitchen, behind the camera or better still, both.

My work has been featured on food24.com, food52.com, Huffington Post Taste, Buzzfeed, The Kitchen, brit.co and feedfeed.info. I have also contributed to the Sunday Times Food Weekly and contributed to the first issue of Market Day.

Ever evolving as a food lover, my favourite past time is travelling to eat with itineraries built around flavours, meals and restaurants. My latest eating trip was to Beirut, allowing me to discover a cuisine that easily rivals my love for all things Italian.

A new interest is the photography of events that have a distinct food focus, this in collaboration with well known photographer Francois Pistorius. We aim to tell another side of the story by capturing a behind the scenes and candid look at the preparation, presentation and enjoyment of food.

This blog is as much a personal food and photography journey as it is a current reflection of my portfolio of work. Get in touch with me regarding recipe development, brand content, food photography, styling, lifestyle photography and writing.

I work with a Nikon D750 to best capture the images and flavours. All photographs and recipes are available for purchase.

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March 14th, 2015|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |