Pork, fennel & chilli meatballs

Pork, fennel & chilli meatballs

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 6 alone or 10 with other dishes
Serve these Mediterranean meaty bites on cocktail sticks next time you have guests

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal179
  • fat12g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein17g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • ½ bulb fennel, chopped
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp fennel seed
    Fennel seeds

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • 500g pack pork mince


  1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan, add onion and fennel and cook for 8 mins until soft. Add chilli flakes and fennel seeds and cook for a further 2 mins. Remove from the heat and allow to cool, then mix in pork mince with some seasoning. Form into bite-sized balls.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the meatballs and cook for 10-15 mins until golden and cooked through. Serve at room temperature with cocktail sticks.

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6th Jan, 2016
Excellent tasty recipe and not dry. We made up a large batch and froze them loose to use as we needed. They are excellent with a tomato sauce as a main meal.
3rd Jun, 2014
Really lovely. I always worry these kind of things will be dry but they're not. The fennel is a great addition to pork and it's just enough heat from the chilli without being fiery. I made them into burgers and meatballs. Had them as part of a paleo meal plan and they were great for lunch with salad.
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