Lettie’s frikkadels

Lettie's frikkadels

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  • Makes 12
  • Easy
  • Dairy free Health conscious
  • 20 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • Spier Sinature Series Pinotage 2015


  • 500 g free-range lean beef mince
  • 500 g free-range regular beef mince
  • ground cloves a pinch
  • 1 T vinegar
  • 1 free-range egg
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 onion, finely grated

Cooking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Mix all the ingredients, then shape into small balls and place on a lightly oiled baking tray.

Bake for 25–30 minutes, or until golden and cooked through.

Cook’s note: If you like, roll into 3 cm balls and fry in batches until golden brown. Finish in the oven at 180°C for 15 minutes.

”My mom says her mother swore by adding a few whole cloves instead of the ground spice. Once the frikkadels come out of the oven ‘ kraakbruin’ (crispy brown) place them in a covered casserole dish to ‘sweat’ a little before serving.” – Liesl Nicholson

This recipe is part of TASTE's "Mother Knows Best" feature (May 2016), where the TASTE team convinced their mothers to share their secret recipes.



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    melvina o connor
    June 28, 2016

    ive tried this recipe and it comes better than I expected. I now use the same to make meatballs for my bolognaise

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      June 28, 2016

      Fantastic! Thanks for the lovely feedback, Melvina.