A satisfying Cajun-style Meatball Stew of moist, tender, meaty meatballs cooked in a dark, rich gravy surrounded by diced carrots and potatoes. Serve them over hot rice, and this meal will meet all of the criteria of classic Southern comfort food.
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Like most farm families in Cajun country, we grew our own beef and rice and enjoyed a regular helping of rice and gravy made with steak. So what can a Mama do to feed her hungry family when the freezer is full of ground beef? She finds a way to make a tasty stew using the abundance from the last butchering.
This is the perfect comfort meal. It satisfies the hunger with endearing thoughts of Mama's cooking. It's much like this Rice And Gravy: A Cajun Staple made with roast beef. The gravy comes from browning the meat rather than from a roux.
Another very popular recipe with gravy from the Cajun part of south Louisiana is Chicken Fricasse, also made with a dark roux.
Ingredients For This Cajun recipe
- Oil - vegetable oil or olive oil.
- All-purpose flour - to brown in the oil for a dark roux.
- Onion - chopped fresh white or yellow onion.
- Celery - chopped fresh ribs.
- Garlic cloves - pressed into little bits for even distribution of flavor.
- Beef stock - canned or homemade.
- Ground beef - ground chuck has the right percentage of fat.
- Onion powder - to flavor the ground beef for meatballs.
- Garlic granules - granules or garlic powder.
- Chopped parsley - fresh leaves, not the stems; they can be tough and taste bitter.
- Salt - kosher, sea salt, or regular table salt to enhance all the flavors.
- Cayenne pepper - a fiery red pepper.
- Plain bread crumbs - for tender meatballs.
- Whole egg - holds the meatballs together.
- Potatoes - fresh, unpeeled, diced red potatoes hold their shape in cooking better than white potatoes.
- Carrots- sweet sliced medallions.
Instructions For Cajun Meatball Stew
First, we make a roux!
It's simple. Just pour oil into a large Dutch oven or cast iron pot and heat vegetable oil under medium-high heat. Then add flour and brown the flour mixture until it is the color of chocolate syrup for a typical dark brown roux.
Be sure to stir the bottom of the pot continually, careful not to burn. Burning causes a very bitter taste, For more instructions, check out A Roux Lesson, where I explain just how easy browning flour in oil can be.
Cook the onions, celery, and cloves of the minced garlic in the roux until soft. Pour in some beef stock and let this simmer on medium-low heat.
While the gravy simmers, add all of the ingredients to the ground meat into a large mixing bowl and mix using your hands, then loosely form them into 2-inch meatballs. This makes a tender and moist meatball.
After the gravy has simmered for 30 minutes, add the meatballs and let them cook for 5 minutes, then turn the meatballs over.
Simmer for another 10 minutes.
Add some sliced carrots and cubed potatoes. Serve the Cajun meatballs over a bed of hot white rice and garnish with fresh sliced green onions or fresh parsley.
The secret to tender, moist meatballs is rolling them loosely in your hands. It really makes all the difference in how they're rolled!
How do you make Cajun meatball stew?
First, you make a roux and cook it with onions and other vegetables, beef broth, and meatballs. Season with Cajun seasoning blend.
What is a Cajun meatball?
A Cajun meatball is hallmarked with rich beef flavor and spicy Cajun seasoning, usually the size of a golf ball, and stewed in a brown gravy or tomato sauce.
What is in a Cajun stew?
A Cajun stew is any meat or seafood cooked in a sauce, sometimes made with a roux and the Cajun holy trinity, and it's always seasoned for a flavorful, spicy finish.
3 tablespoons oil
.25 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, pressed
4 cups beef stock
1.5 pounds of ground beef
.5 teaspoon onion powder
.5 teaspoon garlic granules
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
.5 teaspoon salt
.125 teaspoon cayenne pepper or more
.75 cups breadcrumbs
1 whole egg
2 cups potatoes, peeled and diced
2 cups carrots, sliced
Pour oil into a large, heavy pot and heat, then add flour and brown until it is the color of cocoa powder.
Add onions and celery and cook for 10 minutes, then add garlic and stir for a minute.
Pour beef stock into the roux and simmer on medium-low heat for half an hour.
While the gravy is simmering, add all of the ingredients for the meatballs in a bowl and mix by hand, then loosely form them into 2-inch meatballs. Don't roll them; this makes a tender and moist meatball.
After the gravy has simmered for 30 minutes, add the meatballs and let them cook for 5 minutes, then turn them over.
Simmer for another 10 minutes.
Add carrots and potatoes, cooking them until they are tender, about 20 minutes.
Serve over a bed of hot cooked rice and garnish with fresh sliced green onions.
Ground venison or chicken may be substituted for ground beef.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour 10 min Utes
- Category: Main Dishes
- Method: Stewing
- Cuisine: Cajun
Keywords: Cajun meatball stew, meatball stew
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