Baked Cilantro Meatballs

A quick and easy weeknight dinner, full of delicious asian flavors.

Christina Cherrier

These quick and easy beef meatballs with a fresh cucumber yogurt sauce make for a perfect weeknight dinner, full of delicious asian flavors. Serve with toothpicks if you make them for cocktail appetizers!

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Ingredients list for the cilantro meatballs

For the meatballs:

  • 1 lb (500g) lean ground beef
  • 3 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 small bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/2 coffee spoon chili powder (optional)
  • Salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup (30g) all-purpose flour
  • Pink peppercorns (optional)
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For the dipping sauce:

  • 1 yogurt
  • 1 small cucumber, finely diced

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Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 440°F (230°C).

2. Beat the egg with cilantro, spring onion, spices and a pinch of salt. Then combine with ground meat.

3. Lightly oil your fingers and palms and use a tablespoon to scoop up the beef mixture to make regular sized meatballs.

4. Lightly flour the meatballs and arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.

5. Mix yogurt and cucumber to make the dipping sauce in a bowl and serve together with beef meatballs, sprinkled with pink peppercorns. Serve with rice, tomatoes and a few cilantro leaves.

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Baked Cilantro Meatballs