Bill Granger's pork meatballs recipe

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Bill Granger's pork meatball recipe is on the table in just over an hour. The whole family will love these pork meatballs - especially with some spaghetti!

pork meatball recipes
Serves4–6
SkillMedium
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time55 mins
Total Time1 hours 10 mins
Cost RangeCheap

Pork meatballs with spaghetti is a meal the whole family will love! Bill Granger’s pork meatball recipe is on the table in an hour and ten minutes but you could prep it in advance and re-heat it when you want it.

It's hard to beat a classic pork meatball recipe, and while many may wonder how to make meatballs (opens in new tab) at home, it's not as hard as you might think! Bill Granger is a self-taught and Australian chef who is also a successful restaurateur and the brains behind popular restaurant chain Granger & Co. His recipes are loved by families and sophisticated foodies alike, and this pork meatballs recipe is no exception. While the garam masala might give these meatballs a bit of a kick, the coconut milk in the curry sauce helps take some of the heat off meaning that this dish is much more family friendly. Homemade meatballs are much easier than you think to make, and the best bit is that you can sleep easy knowing exactly what has gone into them. Trust us – you won’t regret it! 

Ingredients

For the meatballs

  • 600g minced (ground) pork
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 55g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 long red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1tsp garam masala
  • 2tbsp chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1tbsp grapeseed oil (or other lightflavoured oil)

For the curry sauce

  • 3tbsp massaman curry paste
  • 2tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 2tsp brown sugar

To serve

  • 3-4tbsp cashew nuts, lightly toasted and finely chopped
  • 2tbsp chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • Steamed rice

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Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas mark 7. To make the meatballs, put all the ingredients except the oil in a large mixing bowl and mix together well with your hands. Shape into small balls.
  2. Put the meatballs in a large roasting tin, drizzle with the oil and then toss gently. Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins, or until golden.
  3. To make the curry sauce, heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the curry paste and ginger and cook, stirring, for 1 min. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for another 2-3 mins. Add the coconut milk and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low and leave to simmer for 5 mins. Add the meatballs, stir carefully to coat and then simmer in the sauce for 20 mins. Gently stir in the lemon juice and brown sugar.
  4. Garnish with the cashew nuts and coriander and serve over steamed rice.
Top Tip for making Bill Granger's pork meatballs

Bill's tip: 'When shaping the meatballs, I find that wetting my hands first makes this easier.'

Bill Granger is an Australian chef, food writer and the brains behind worldwide restaurant chain Granger & Co. With restaurants all over London, Australia, Tokyo, Seoul and Hawaii, his ability for being able to impress foodies and families alike is what’s made him so successful. In his early career he trained as an artist but his passion slowly moved over to food and he opened his first restaurant, Bill's, in Sydney in 1993 and then another one in 1996. Both were huge and immediate successes, creating a name for this self-taught chef as one to watch in Australia's food industry. 25 years later and he truly spanned the globe with Granger & Co. and now counts four prime-spot, successful restaurants in central London alone. Bill has put his success down to this saying, “Australians live very much for the pleasure of the day to day, whether it’s entertaining friends at home or sitting out in the street on a milk crate having a coffee. I’ve always celebrated our outdoors lifestyle with fresh, seasonal and simple everyday food.” Bill has written 11 best-selling cookbooks and recorded five cookery series where he explores the produce, cuisines and locations he’s filming in. Bill's Kitchen: Notting Hill, Bill's Holiday, Bill's Food and Bill's Tasty Weekend are just some of the 30 television shows that he's been involved with over the years. After travelling back and forth between England and Australia, Bill Granger and his family moved to London for good in 2009. With his wife Natalie, Bill has three daughters called Edie, Ines and Bunny. It's Bill's family and his love for homecooking that's inspired many of the recipes you'll find on our site. So whether you're looking for an indulgent, hearty family meal like homemade pork meatballs that you can spend time preparing, or inspiration for quick and tasty recipes like stir-fry (opens in new tab), we’re sure to have all of Bill’s best ones.