Marmalade Meatballs from Dinner: Changing the Game

One of the things that I’ve absolutely loved about being a part of Food52’s online cooking clubs is discovering recipes that we would never have found otherwise that have become a family favourite.

Take the marmalade meatball recipe from Melissa Clark’s Dinner: Changing the Game that we found when the Cookbook Club was going through her book last August. We make a double recipe of these meatballs quite regularly and they are devoured by everyone in our house. And at first glance, the meal does not sound all that normal.

The recipe itself is fairly straight forward: beef mince mixed with breadcrumbs (we use wholemeal breadcrumbs made from leftover bread ends rather than panko), green onions, egg, garlic, ginger, allspice, salt and pepper…and anchovies…we don’t buy anchovies regularly so haven’t bothered to put them in yet, but we do eat them on pizza or in caesar salad so we aren’t opposed to them, it’s just a convenience thing. Ball them and cook them then pour over a glaze made from orange marmalade, cider vinegar, soy sauce and red chile flakes that literally takes 2 minutes to make. And the flavours just sing together.

We like to serve them with mashed potato as suggested by Clark alongside some sort of green vegetable, usually peas and green beans. We seriously have this at least once a fortnight and afterwards we’ll say we should make it more often still. I think one of these days I’ll have to branch out and try some of her other meatball recipes – there are at least 3 others!