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Mini Meatballs

My daughter can never have enough of these and my son will only eat them if I serve them in my veggie pasta sauce with pasta, he's a bit of a foodie like his mama! Both of them will eat these meatballs so that's a win! If you have multiple kids (or even just an unpredictable toddler) then you know that finding a simple meal that everyone in the family will enjoy is like striking gold a lot of the time. If you're looking one of those unicorn meals... here you go!


  • 500g lean minced beef

  • 1 large egg , beaten

  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion

  • 2 Teaspoons minced garlic

  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the all the ingredients

  3. Using a spoon, scoop the meat mixture and form into small balls (about 3cm diameter) and place on the baking sheet.

  4. Bake uncovered 10 to 15 minutes, or until no longer pink in the middle. Turn halfway through, so the bottoms don't brown too much or stick.

TIP : Browning the bottoms will give great flavour but will also make them tougher for little ones to eat, so if you have younger children who are still learning their way around chewing and biting, softer is better.

Serving options:

  • Simmer meatballs in a pan with your sauce of choice , if desired, for 10 minutes.

  • Serve meatballs on their own or serve over pasta of choice.

While I'm here writing this I just had a fond food memory of my mom calling meatballs frikkadels when we were growing up... do any of you know them as frikkadels?


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