Turkish Meatballs

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Gorgeous recipe from a friend who lives in Northern Cyprus. Fragrant, soft meatballs with a really tasty sauce. Gets a thumbs up from all family members and is a really nice comforting dish without being terribly unhealthy.


  • Water
  • 500g lean minced beef
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs (fresh, dried or frozen)
  • ½ tsp all spice
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 chicken stock pot (or cube)
  • 1 onion
  • 1-2 sticks celery
  • 200g spinach
  • Vegetable oil
  • Plain flour
  • Salt & pepper


1Finely dice the onion and celery and fry gently in a little oil until softened.
2Add 1 can of chopped tomatoes, the chicken stock-pot and a mug of water.
3Bring to the boil, then turn down heat to a gentle simmer. Add spinach and gently stir until it starts to wilt. Season to taste.
4Meanwhile, tip the mince into a bowl with the egg, breadcrumbs, all spice and seasoning. Get your hands in and combine everything before shaping into meatballs. Around 12-14 is a good number but you can make them as small or large as you like.
5Roll each meatball in flour (this helps to thicken the sauce) before gently plopping into your simmering sauce.
6Turn down to a medium heat, cover and gently cook for 35-40 minutes (the longer the better).
7Serve with rice or mashed potato.


Freezes very well, I usually make double and freeze half for another day

By Emma Dunn

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