African 5-Spice Meatballs

1 02 2010


The fresh bread was delicious. But as the saying goes, we cannot live by bread alone. So we used the 5-spice and piri-piri to literally spice up a classic; meatballs and pasta. The panko gives the meatballs a satisfying crispness.  For a more classic meatball, leave out the 5-spice and piri-piri. Either way, it’s a delicious meal. The pasta was made from the basic pasta dough recipe and the sauce from the basic marinara.

African 5-Spice Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground pork 80/20
  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp dried basil, oregano, thyme
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp hot paprika
  • 1 tsp fresh minced garlic
  • 1 tsp anchovy paste
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp Emeril spice
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Doc’s African 5-Spice
  • 3 tbsp ground parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp shallots
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp piri-piri sauce (or more for more heat)
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • Olive oil for frying

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients and mix by hand in a bowl. Using a scale or 1 oz scoop, measure out 1-2 oz. meatballs and form by rolling in the palm of your hand. Roll the formed meatballs in the panko. Brown the meatballs in a saucepan in the olive oil. Finish by cooking on a baking sheet in the oven for 15-20 minutes.




6 responses

1 02 2010

I love all the ingredients in this meat ball – I almost expected to see mint in the list – what is in the 5-spice blend?

1 02 2010

Thanks-If you used some ground lamb mint would be delicious! The 5-spiec is on the sidebar under recipes header and listed as Doc’s South African 5-spice

1 02 2010

oh wow amazing meatballs you should sell you spice mix!!

2 02 2010

It’s for free, I’m a pay it forward kind of guy!!!

4 02 2010
Chef E

Yum! I am making a video tomorrow of a recipe from the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, and will let you know when it is up. Hoping it gets me on something I entered…not a contest I hate those…this looks and sounds great Doc…I am sure your wife, friends, and whomever benefit greatly from your cooking talent!

4 02 2010

Good luck; I’ll be pulling for you!

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