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Homemade Meatballs

August 14, 2010

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I’m very excited about this recipe! I was cracking my head over what to make for dinner the other night, when the idea suddenly came to me: I have minced pork in the freezer – why not make my own meatballs?

After flipping through some cookbooks and surfing the net for inspiration, I settled on mixing the minced pork with:

  • Salt, pepper, oregano and dried rosemary that I had been trying to use
  • Some no-longer-crispy Carr’s Table Water Crackers that I had handy
  • Leftover cheddar from when we had steak fajitas, and
  • My lovely wholegrain mustard (which I use often in my favorite Nigella dish).

Oh and an egg too – to hold it all together.

The result was wonderful – much better than I had hoped. Super aromatic, moist, tender meatballs that would go perfectly with any tomato-based pasta or mashed potatoes with gravy.

They even looked pretty when they were uncooked…

Some meatball recipes call for the meatballs to be baked in an oven at 180 degC for about 15-20 minutes. This will get you much rounder, more even-looking meatballs, but I really liked my meatballs cooked in olive oil. The fragrance was unbeatable!

So suffice to say that this recipe is absolutely a keeper. And two great things about the recipe. First, you can sub out the herbs and cheese for other herbs and cheeses of your choosing. Second, you can use almost the exact same combination of ingredients to make your own hamburger patties with ground beef. I might just try that out later this week… maybe with some parsley, or thyme…

Homemade Meatballs

Click here for printable recipe.

Ingredients (yield about 20 x 1-1/2 inch diameter meatballs):

  • 10 water biscuits
  • 300g minced pork
  • Sprinkling of salt
  • Sprinkling of pepper
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary (or better yet use fresh rosemary if you have any)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tbsp grated cheddar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil (if pan frying)


1. Put water biscuits into a ziplock bag, cover bag with a towel and crush biscuits finely using a pestle.

2. Use a fork to mix minced pork thoroughly with crushed biscuits, salt, pepper, rosemary, oregano, mustard, cheddar and egg in a bowl.

3. Use your hands to shape the pork mixture into little 1-1/2 inch diameter balls.

4. (If cooking in an oven) Heat oven to 180 degC. Place meatballs in a baking tray and put in oven for 15-20 minutes.

5. (If pan-frying) Heat olive oil in a large pan on high heat. When oil is hot, gently transfer half the meatballs to the pan. Cook each meatball on 3-4 sides, about 45 seconds for each side. Remove from pan and cook remaining half of the meatballs.

After having gone through the easy process of making these, I simply can’t understand why so many mid-range eateries serve up meatballs that are so tough and flavourless. Moral of the story folks: make your own meatballs!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2010 9:09 am

    Those are some seriously gorgeous meatballs!

  2. August 15, 2010 10:00 am

    A great finger food for party or gathering too! Yours looks gorgeous!!! So much better than those meatballs I made based on Jamie Oliver’s recipe. Definitely will bookmark it.

  3. August 15, 2010 5:01 pm

    the meatballs look delicious! Great finger food 🙂

  4. Angie permalink
    August 16, 2010 8:57 am

    It looks simply delicious. Will defi tyr it at home for my kids.

  5. Angie permalink
    August 16, 2010 8:58 am

    Looks delicious. And simple to make, will definitely try this at home.

  6. August 16, 2010 1:35 pm

    yes, those meat balls look amazing and so perfectly browned :)~

  7. August 16, 2010 4:19 pm

    Jamie, food-4tots, Ellie, Angie, noobcook: Thanks!

  8. August 16, 2010 4:21 pm

    Oh and Angie: Your kids will love having a go at this with you =) Especially the part when they get the pulverise the water biscuits (you probably wanna stack up the biscuits in the ziploc bag, then get them to pound on the plastic bag with their little fists).

  9. mrmultitasker permalink
    August 17, 2010 1:12 am

    Even better than making my own meatballs – having a wonderful wife who makes such yummy meatballs! Water crackers in meatballs – who would’ve thunk it? But they were muchos yummos. =)

  10. August 17, 2010 3:14 am

    Dump them into pasta sauce and voila, one of my fav pasta classics 🙂

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