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Spicy Meatballs with Yogurt

A little bit spicy, a little bit tangy, a little bit creamy and a whole lot of pretty! It isn't often you call meatballs "cute" but his dish just looks like Christmas! Please enjoy our Spicy Meatballs with Yoghurt as a cute little side dish for your Christmas table.

Perfect to take the stress out of holiday entertaining. You can make this dish a few days ahead. It keeps well in the fridge until you are ready to entertain! Extra bonus- any leftover sauce is perfect to help with that post Christmas slump where you don't feel like cooking anymore. Just spoon some over meat, veggies, rice, pasta or potatoes. Instantly dressed up. Perfect!

What you need:

Spicy sauce:

  • 1/2 cup of roasted red capsicum (make your own by blackening the skins of 2 capsicum over an open flame, or under the grill in your oven. Peel off the skins when cooled, and slice into strips. Alternatively, use jarred roasted capsicum, available in supermarkets)

  • 1 red chilli (optional, remove if cooking for kids)

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 1 glug olive oil

  • 2 tbs red wine vinegar

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 egg

  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped finely

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 glug olive oil

  • 250 g minced pork

  • 250 g minced beef

  • 4 tbs milk

  • Salt and pepper to taste

For serving:

  • 3/4 cup full-fat Greek yogurt


  1. Make the same first by blending the sauce ingredients til very smooth. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. You can even make this in advance.

  2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line a baking tray.

  3. Mix all the meatball ingredients, plus 2 tbs of the sauce together until well incorporated. The mixture should be a little sticky.

  4. Make meatballs about golf ball sized with your hands, and place on baking sheet.

  5. Bake meatballs for about 5-7 minutes, then switch the oven setting to grill. Grill for a further 5 minutes or until golden brown on top.

  6. Remove from oven and let them sit for a few minutes.

  7. Meanwhile, spread the yogurt on a serving plate. Arrange the meatballs on top and drizzle with the remaining sauce. Drizzle with a little more olive oil, and serve immediately.

Enjoy with any herbs sprinkled on top to give it that Christmas look!


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