As a meatlover, I am a big fan of meatballs. They can be made many different ways and it’s fun to try out different ingredients/methods. Back when I lived in student housing, whenever we would do a night of ‘everyone bring a dish’ I’d bring the meatballs. I became the go-to meatball person. Not totally deserving since the recipe I used most of the time was my mom’s but hey! I’ll take it!

Even though I now most often make meatballs using a recipe stolen off an episode of Hell’s Kitchen, I still occasionally make mom’s as well. It just so happens that this Thursday I’ll be making 1kg of mom’s meatballs! Why 1kg, you ask? Well, it is kind of tradition that when we go on a long drive (say, 12 hours) that meatballs are made beforehand so we can eat them during the trip. And I must point out that they do make the most delicious snack. Also, if we have some leftover by the time we arrive you can always eat them on bread or put them in soup. Meatballs for the win!

So, without further delay I’d like to present you with the unique opportunity to learn how you too can make Mom’s Meatballs!

The following recipe is for 1kg of meat, so scale as desired.

What you’ll need:


1kg ground beef

4 egg yolks

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

2 onions, finely diced

5 tbsp ketchup

5 tbsp soysauce (ketjap if possible)

2 cups breadcrumbs (I like to use rusk)




What to do:


I like to start off by throwing everything together. So get out a large bowl, and put in your ground beef. Next, add the egg yolks, ketchup, soy sauce, onions, and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste.

It should look something like this: (sure looks tasty doesn’t it)

Meatballs in the making

Meatball ingredients thrown together artfully!


Then, time to get your hands dirty! make sure you’ve washed your hands, then go in and knead everything together. Add the bread crumbs as needed to make sure it’s not too sticky to make nice meatballs. Eventually it should look something like this:

A large ball of meat

A big hump of meat. Yum.


Now time for the annoying part. If at all possible, get someone to help you with this, or put on some TV while you make this pile of meat into meatballs.

Like so:

Meatballs ready for cooking

Meatballs ready to go into the pan!

Of course, you can also make larger meatballs if you like, or even use this to make burger patties. Just remember that when you do make larger/thicker creations, they will need more time in the pan to be fully cooked.

Once done rolling, fry the meatballs in a frying pan for about 14 – 16 minutes, and make sure to turn them.

In the end, your delicious creations should look something like this:

Meatball ready to eat

Meatballs in all their delicious glory!




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