Baked Meatballs with Green Garlic BBQ Sauce; the update

I’ve been struggling.

I may have mentioned this before.

Had I known that the weather was going to stay cool and rainy I would have been prepared to happily continue on with winter cooking.

But we keep getting the odd nice day and the forecast is good (although it doesn’t last) and I have mentally switched from winter to summer cooking.

Then it rains and instead of burgers on the grill we have…


I could have called these ‘Meatballs Born Out of Desperation’.

I didn’t think that name had much appeal……

I have to say, though…. We loved them and I’ll make them again.

Next winter, I hope.

Baked Meatballs with Green Garlic BBQ Sauce

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 12oz (360gr) ground beef
  • 6 tbs dried bread crumbs, divided
  • 2 tbs grated Parmesan
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs ketchup
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 3oz (90gr) feta, cut into 8 cubes
  • The Sauce
  • 3 green garlic, sliced, including green tops
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 tbs ketchup
  • 3 tbs balsamic wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs molasses
  • 1 tbs fresh chives, chopped

Baked Meatballs


  • In large bowl lightly beat one egg with a fork.
  • Add 2 tbs bread crumbs, ketchup, paprika,oregano and mix well.
  • Add beef and mix well, (use your hands and knead like bread dough).
  • Divide into 8 sections.
  • Form each section into a well-compacted meatball with a cube of feta in the center.
  • Whisk remaining egg in a flattish bowl.
  • Combine remaining 4 tbs bread crumbs and Parmesan in another bowl.
  • Roll each meatball in the egg, then the crumb mixture.
  • Place on a baking sheet and bake, 400F (200C) for 18 minutes.
  • Remove and serve with Barbecue Sauce
  • Sauce:
  • In a small skillet heat the oil over medium heat. Add the paprika, green garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add the ketchup, vinegar, molasses and simmer until thick.
  • Remove from heat and stir in chives.  Allow to cool slightly.

More Meatballs?


Mon mari says to tell you he’s on sabbatical for the summer.

He’s been playing in the sunshine…. Doing things like getting the lawn furniture out of the cellar.

And trimming the trees.

Can’t really do a good photo of a trimmed tree….treesThe work on the low, wood bunny fence continues.

It’s done around the potager and I have my center walkway laid down.

The tomatoes are in and staked and the poles for the beans are up.

(He does still manage to get in a decent days work.)


My herb garden seems very happy in its new spot on the side of the house – safe from both dogs and bunnies.


My herbs have never done so well in any other garden, ever.

So nice to get something right, isn’t it?

The empty spots are for the annuals herbs: basil, parsley and summer savory.

Last Updated on May 6, 2013

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