A Midweek Balls Up – Spicy, Sticky Meatballs

I am a meatball lover.  I love them baked and covered in cheese; I love them soaked in a mustard beef stew; I love them perched high atop a mountain of spaghetti.  Give me meatballs and ice cream for life and I will perish a happy (somewhat rotund) lady.

Add chilli, honey and slightly too much garlic into this mix and you can keep Ryans Gosling and Reynolds, this girl is content.

Ideally the below should be made with pork meatballs (I usually whip up my own batch using sausage meat and whatever additional flavourings we fancy) but today I used beef.  I like to live on the wild side of cooking.


Four of my favourite ingredients.  Everything in that picture is so wonderfully versatile your options are endless.  Bliss.

Mince the garlic, chop the onion, finely chop the chilli and cut yourself a 2cm piece of ginger.

Heat a pan with oil and sautee the onion, wait for a bit, then throw the garlic and chilli in, grab your grater and grate that ginger.  Stir until everything is fragrant and delicious, remove from the heat and leave to cool somewhat.

If you are doing this the right way you should have a bowl of sausage meat waiting, once the mix has cooled, empty on top of the meat and combine.  Then scoop out meatball sized handfuls and roll. Or if yoU are cheating, pop your pre-made balls into a bowl, throw the onion mix on top and stir until coated.  Whichever method you choose, cover with cling film and pop in the fridge for 30 minutes or so.


Look at them glisten.  Oh and that isn’t even the half of it.

Heat up a pan and get those balls nice and browned.  Once they’re cooked through grab some honey, you’ll want 2 big tablespoons, and add to the pan.  Follow that with 3-4 tablespoons of soy sauce and a good splash of water.  Keep the heat high and keep those balls rolling in the sauce, it’ll get sticky quickly so coat them good.

I served ours up with some spinach rice (brown rice, 2 minutes before the rice is perfect throw in some chopped spinach, just before you serve stir it all through). And that’s all.

Top tip: don’t spill honey on your ceramic topped electric hob in your rented flat.  Tall Hungry One may make you scrub that hob which he lovingly polished the night before.


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