Oven Baked Meatballs – Kufteta

Oven Baked Meatballs - Kufteta

Oven baked meatballs are delicious and healthier than the fried version. This is my go-to recipe for tasty meatballs, that you can use in your pasta or serve with some tasty sauce or garnish. This meatball recipe reduces mess and fat by baking the meatballs instead of pan frying them. This recipe is inspired by my Bulgarian heritage and is a bit different, than the Italian meatballs that most people know. But different in a good way :)!

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You Need:

Ingredients: Amount:
Ground pork. 3/4 a pound – 12 ounces.
Ground round. 1/2 a pound – 8 ounces.
Egg. 1.
Onion. Half.
Red bell pepper. One medium size.
Parsley. 2-3 sprigs.
Salt. To taste.
Black pepper. To taste.
Garlic powder. To taste.
Cumin. To taste.
Thyme. 1 tsp.
Cold water. 1/2 a cup.


In a large mixing bowl, combine the pork, ground round, finely diced onion and red bell pepper, egg, parsley, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, cumin, thyme, cold water. Using your hands, mix all ingredients until well incorporated. Place in refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Using your hands, shape the meatballs into around 2 ounce rounds. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place meatballs in lightly oiled baking pan, cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 min. or until golden brown.


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