To make these Hungarian-inspired spicy meat balls you will need:

500g lamb mince
250g bacon mince
1 large onion, chopped
2 eggs
2 tablespoons paprika
2/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste


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I made about 45 smallĀ meatballs with the above quantities; so was able to freeze a large container-full which will be handy for quite a few meals! The recipe is relatively low in carbohydrates, since you only have a few dueĀ to the breadcrumbs (spread out in all those meat balls).

Mix everything in a large bowl until ingredients form a uniform paste. With an ice-cream scoop or tablespoon, or just with your (clean) hands form ball shapes and place on a baking dish until ready to cook. I used my Philips Airfryer to cook these and they were ready in 7 minutes on 200 centigrade. Due to the space in there, I cooked them 9 at a time – a bit limited if you have guests but in reality you can cook as you form the next batch of meat balls.

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Place them spaced out, spraying the mesh with oil beforehand to avoid sticking

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Here they are served with a barley salad and cottage cheese

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Let them cool down completely before freezing/storing in the fridge. Ideally do not store in the fridge for more than 24 hours.

Later I whipped some out of the freezer, heated them in the Airfryer again for 5 minutes and used them in a wrap.


  1. Posted September 9, 2013 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    I was reading a bit about the AirFryer to check what it is. Does it act a but like an oven? or maybe the ‘famous’ Grillioso that many people in Malta use?

  2. Posted September 9, 2013 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    I would say that it is a bit like a small oven, however the effect is that of a deep fryer but obviously without the volume of oil and the greasy mess! I’m not sure how the grilioso works but from what I gather it is a bit like a steamer/grill. The airfryer gives an all-round crisp that I just love šŸ™‚

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