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Italian Kangaroo Meatballs

I nearly share a birthday with my father, so I made these for our shared birthday dinner.  We had family and friends for dinner, and  the last thing I wanted to do on my birthday was to be so busy I missed all the jokes.  The recipe is elegant enough to be a celebration dinner, economical for a large group, and it can be made well ahead of time.  And those of you who have visited before will know my thoughts about kangaroo as the red meat of choice.

The Recipe

The Meatballs

Finely chop

  • 2 medium onions
  • 5 or 6 cloves of garlic
  • a cup of fresh oregano leaves

In a big mixing bowl, add them to

  • 1 kg kangaroo mince
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 dessertspoons of worcestershire sauce
  • a good grating of black pepper

Use your hands to knead the mix until it is well combined.

Wet your hands and shape the mix into balls (wet hands will stop them sticking).  Fry quickly in a hot pan in a little olive oil until they are browned. (They don’t need to be cooked through).

The Sauce

In the same pan, saute

  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 or 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 chopped capsicum

Add about 1 kg of peeled tomatoes (I used tomatoes that I had bottled last summer) and 3 or 4 bay leaves.  Cook for a few minutes (depending on your tomatoes) until it reaches a good sauce consistency. Taste and add a little salt, and maybe, depending on the sweetness of your tomatoes, a couple of teaspoons of brown sugar.


In a casserole dish with a tight fitting lid, put a layer of sauce in the bottom, add your meatballs, and pour the rest of the sauce over.

Bake in a low oven for an hour or so, or until your guests are ready to eat.  It won’t matter if it sits in the oven longer.

I served the meatballs with a double batch of  Green Green Polenta, and asparagus and snow peas sauteed in butter and lemon juice, and it served 9 comfortably with birthday cake to follow.


{ 6 comments… add one }
  • dixiebelle September 15, 2010, 10:16 am

    Oh, yum, I could have some of those now!

  • Rebekka September 15, 2010, 11:11 am

    Worcestershire sauce is so great in things like this – we always use some when we make hamburgers.

  • yvette September 15, 2010, 3:39 pm

    These sounds delicious,althoughI’m an Aussie girl, cooking wih Kangaroo meat would be new to me…leaving 10 years ago, it wasn’t available as it is now!

  • Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial September 15, 2010, 6:55 pm

    Linda, I tried really hard, but I can’t get kangaroo past Pete. We tried the mince, and he just found it too gamey. I have one more rump piece to try, wish us luck! 🙂

  • umatji September 15, 2010, 9:45 pm

    hello! got my post today – thanks so much – I will get planting on the weekend after pondering the warmest sheltered spot I can think of!

  • Anna Johnston September 16, 2010, 3:38 pm

    Now this sounds really good, I love the criteria ‘elegant enough to be a celebration dinner, economical for a large group, and it can be made well ahead of time’ Now that’s my type of party food 🙂
    Happy Birthday BTW.

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