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Japanese Tapas Recipe: Meatballs

December 5, 2011 2 Comments
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Meatballs are one of those comfort foods that go exceptionally well with beer and wine.
Here’s a slight twist on the traditional meatball recipe.


Tapas Recipe: Japanese Meatballs

  • Serves:    2 as a drinking snack, 1 as a meal
  • Preparation time:    5 minutes
  • Equipment:    a sharp Japanese knife and a cast iron pan
  • Cooking time:    30 minutes


  • 200g pork mince
  • 2 heaped tbsn chopped garlic
  • 2 heaped tbsn chopped onion
  • 1 heaped tbsn chopped pancetta (Italian bacon)
  • 1 heaped tbsn potato flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • passata – tomato simmering sauce found in the pasta isle
  • salt
  • ichimi togarashi
  • Wakame or nori seaweed seasoning
Oigen pan

Into the oven it goes


Pre heat oven to 220 degrees C

To make the balls

Add pork, potato flour, half the diced onion, egg yolk, salt to taste and ichimi to a bowl and mix well. Roll into 5-6 tight balls and set aside.

To make the sauce

Heat the bottom half of the Oigen tapas pan over a medium heat. Add garlic, the other half of the onion, pancetta and salt to taste and cooked until lightly browned. Add passata half way up the pan and turn off heat. Place meatballs in pan and roll around until coated in sauce.

Place pan in oven and cook until meatballs are cooked (about 20 minutes).

Sprinkle with nori flakes and serve.

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Japanese meatballs with nori, Kirin beer and Kewpie style mayo


Chef’s tips

  • Serve with some homemade Kewpie mayonnaise
  • If you don’t eat pork you can substitute with veal or chicken mince
  • Add cheese and grill on the top element for a few minutes if you like gratin
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Snack time

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Donald Boden December 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm

This is a great simple receipe for a Japanese Tapas dish.Please keep tthem coming.

Oddlyhealthy December 10, 2011 at 2:34 am

Great post. I too have a great meatball recipe on my blog …

It’s slightly different from yours but, I think you and your readers will love it too.

Right now, I just started and I know it’s one in a sea of a zillion blogs. I aspire to have a blog like yours. Like you, I will do my best to offer the best possible content to my readers. Thanks for the great post and inspiration.


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