Great Meatballs of Fire

READY IN: 1hr 40mins
Recipe by JustJanS

My sister's recipe that she serves with antipasto or tapas style meals. She makes a half recipe usually. Original recipe called for beef, she uses lamb, use whatever you like.

Top Review by Karen Elizabeth

Fabulous, Jan! I made these for a family gathering, preparing meatballs and sauce the day before, and combining them and baking on the actual day. I made a double quantity and they were devoured!! One young man must have managed about a quarter of the dish all by himself!! I used a mixture of about 1/3 lamb mince to 2/3 beef mince, and my guests raved about the tender flavoursome meatballs, cloaked in a sweetish tomato sauce, a perfect combination. Making for home, I would serve with pasta, but in this case they were served on a buffet where the starches were rice and a potato bake, they went very well with everything on offer!! I will definitely make again, with the duo of meats, and this undoubtedly would be very freezer-friendly. Thanks for helping me to be a good hostess, Jan!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Balls:.
  2. Mix ingredients together and form into walnut-sized balls.
  3. Process together the tomatoes, chilli, onion and garlic. To this mixture, add the bay leaves, cinnamon, vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper.
  4. Seal the meatballs in hot oil in a frying pan a few at a time, then top with sauce, cover with foil and bake in a 180c for about 1 hour.

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