Frikkadels – South African braised meat balls – is a popular comfort food. This easy recipe will give you great results every time. Just make sure you get all the ingredients together before you get started – as there are quite a few spices involved!


500g minced beef
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 cup soft breadcrumbs
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp ground paprika
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
1tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 eggs, beaten
2 tbsp vegetable oil

  1. Combine all ingredients together and mix well.
  2. Form the meatballs by rolling portions into balls and pressing down slightly to flatten them.
  3. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and brown the meatballs on both sides.
  4. Reduce heat and cook until the meat is no longer pink.
  5. Serve on top of creamy garlic mashed potatoes.



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