Used in several recipes like couscous, meatballs can also be a dish on thier own. The secret of this recipe is in the mix of two different kinds of meat with a little Parmesan. Note that it's a dish children always love.
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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

Keywords for this recipe:MeatballsCheeseCouscous

For 50 meatballs, you will need:

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Stage 1 - 5 min.
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Prepare 1 onion, peel, wash and cut in pieces 1 garlic clove.

Stage 2 - 3 min.
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Chop them with 1 bunch parsley.

Stage 3 - 10 min.
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Cut 250 g belly (streaky) bacon into pieces, remove and discard rind and hard parts.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
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Mince bacon pieces in your mincer or food processor.

if you don't have one, ask your butcher to do it for you.

Stage 5 - 3 min.
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Mix together minced bacon, parsley, garlic, and onion, add 250 g minced beef, 1 egg and 3 tablespoons Parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan). Salt, pepper, and mix well.

Stage 6 - 1 min.
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Take about a tablespoonful of this mixture.

Stage 7 - 1 min.
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Roll it in your hands to get an even ball.

Stage 8 - 15 min.
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Put the ball on a tray, and carry on like this with the rest of the mixture.

You can use the meatballs straight away, or freeze them for later use.


If you don't like bacon, you can replace it with veal or any other meat of your choice.


Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,454 Kcal or 10,274 Kj94 gr32 gr217 gr
123 %36 %3 %33 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
326 Kcal or 1,365 Kj12 gr4 gr29 gr
16 %5 %<1 %4 %
Per meatballs
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
49 Kcal or 205 Kj2 gr1 gr4 gr
2 %1 %<1 %1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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