Mini Meatballs


These are also delicious served with Annabel's hidden vegetable sauce or with steamed vegetables such as carrrots and broccoli.

If meatballs fall apart while frying then try reducing the breadcrumbs or adding a bit of milk to moisten.

15 minutes
6 minutes
Best for
25 mini balls
Suitable for freezing


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 200g lean minced beef
  • 45g fresh white breadcrumbs (2 medium slices of bread)
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 15g Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 tsp tomato purée
  • ½ small eating apple
  • ¼ unsalted stock cube, crumbled
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

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  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and sauté the onion for 3 minutes, stirring until softened. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Set aside to cool.
  2. Mix together the beef, breadcrumbs, parsley, Paremsan, tomato purée, apple and stock cube. Stir in the sautéed onion and garlic, and add the beaten egg to bind.
  3. Form the mixture into 25 mini meatballs. Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan and sauté, until browned and cooked inside. Drain on kitchen paper.


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  • Would love this! But my son has an egg allergy, any other recommendation? should have a section for “no egg” ingredient. :)

    09 Aug 2015

  • Freeze before cooking. I cling filmed individual portions (I.e. 2 meatballs worth) and just defrosted them when needed.

    14 Jul 2015

  • Hi, do I freeze before or after cooking?

    28 Apr 2015

  • Hi do u freeze before or after cooking the meatballs

    16 Sep 2014

  • Hi can I leave the cheese out as my son has a milk allergy?
    And at what age can I start giving egg?

    14 Sep 2014

  • Do you cook these first before freezing and how do you cook once frozen??

    09 Apr 2014

  • I used pork for these, and made finger shaped meatballs (easier for my 7 month old to pick up). Patted the grated apple dry, then baked on gas mark 5-6 for 15/20mins. She LOVED them (as did we) and we’ve got a batch in the freezer. Dead easy to make, everyone is happy :-) x

    05 Apr 2014

  • How long and at what temp did you guys put them in the oven for?

    04 Feb 2014

  • thanks to the previous comments I squeezed all the liquid I could from the grated apple and the consistency was good for frying. I also used lamb instead of beef, it was yummy and the baby liked them!

    24 Dec 2013

  • Mine also fell apart when I tried to fry them and I’m about to stick the rest in the oven, I think the problem is that I didn’t squeeze the juice from the apple as you do in the chicken balls. I’ll give that a try next time I make a batch and see if it helps.

    28 Nov 2013

  • I had the same problem with my meatballs, now I bake them in the oven.

    17 Nov 2013

  • Have I done something wrong? I think I followed the recipe to the letter, but the meatballs completely fell apart when I tried to fry them…Have you found this too? Any advice appreciated!!

    10 Sep 2013

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