Recipe 14: Intense meatballs with burnt onion

I have decided to prepare some meatballs. I was planning to make a lot of them in order to freeze them and have some make-ahead food prepared for the future days. I bought quite a quality meat in the butchery and was looking forward to enjoy my long term fancied dish. I used to eat meatballs with bread, but now, in my new arisen paleo times, I had to take another approach. I took inspiration from cuketka's blog and opted for having some burnt onion as a side dish. I am very much into onion, but I was not aware of this interesting way how to prepare it. It looked very promising so I have decided to give it a try. And it was certainly worth it.


  • 1.5 kg of ground meat - beef and pork
  • spinach
  • fresh basil (or parsley, oregano...)
  • 3 eggs
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • pepper
  • chilli
  • butter


  • a lot of onions

This will produce about 50 medium sized meatballs.


Chop all the spinach, herbs, garlic and few onions finely. Try to make as small pieces as possible. When done, whop everything into large bowl and add whipped eggs and all the meat. Process it manually using bare hands. Try to mix all the ingredients really finely. Finally produce rather small then big handsome meatballs. 1.5 kg of meat should make about 50 of them. Bake these meatballs at 200 °C for about 30 minutes.

Now, in spare time, you should proceed with our special onionish side dish. Start with splitting all the onion into halves. Remove only the loose outer layer of the hull, but leave some here. Now heat up large pan and place the each onion on it and let it burn slightly under cover (no fat). This should take about 5 to 10 minutes. When burned enough, remove pan from heat. Take each onion half and remove burned center and remaining outer layer of hull. Separate all the layers and put them into stew pot together with butter. Let it roast until all the onion is looking glassy - this will take about 10 minutes. This smoky and tasty side dish will complement our meatballs really well.

Enjoy! In my opionion, this all is quite healthy. If you are not convinced about this, just ask your self this ruminative question: