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Meaty muffins?

Okay, you got me!   These aren’t REALLY muffins, they are actually meat balls!  But you’ll see why I call them this.

These are a very versatile item.  They can be a snack on their own, an appetizer or part of meal.

However you choose to use them, I think you will enjoy……assuming meat is your thing.

Start by putting on the kettle and boiling some water.

Then in a heat proof bowl add one cup of bulgar.  ( click here to learn about bulgar )

Once the kettle has boiled, pour water over the bulgar, just enough to cover it, but not drowned it.  Then let it sit for a few minutes until all the water is absorbed.

Then in another bowl:

  • 1 pound of ground meat.  Beef, lamb, pork or in this case I used half pork, half beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 3 gloves of fresh garlic finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped kalamatta olives
  • 1 tbsp mint ( fresh or dry)
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • salt and pepper
  • Meat ball mix

Mix all of these up thoroughly and then add the bulgar last.   At this point it is best if you get in there with your hands and squish it all up.  Wear rubber gloves if touching the meat grosses you out.


Get out your muffin tin and then grab balls of the meat mixture and stuff them into the muffin holes, being sure to squeeze them down so they are nice and dense.

Meaty muffins

Pop them in the oven on top of a baking sheet in case they leak for any reason.  Bake at 350 for about half and hour or until they look done, nice and brown on top.

Take them out of the oven and let them cool enough to take them out of the cups.

While they are baking, make up a nice little sauce to go on top.

  • 2 cloves chopped fresh garlic
  • juice of 1/2 fresh lemon ( more if you like it more tangey)
  • 1 tbsp very finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp tahini paste
  • salt & pepper

Mix this up and add a bit of water to thin it out to get the desired consistency.

Drizzle over your meat muffins and enjoy!

Meat balls with lemon garlic tahini sauce





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