Skewered Meatballs

Instead of the usual sausages on sticks, why not try these Skewered Meatballs

Instead of the usual sausages on sticks, why not try these Skewered Meatballs which are much easier to prepare than you think.

I love serving finger food for kids and these meatballs are perfect for that.

You can eat them hot or cold and with dips or just as they are.

If you think that lamb will be too strong a flavor for the kids, then you could use minced beef or sausage instead.

Ingredients for Skewered Meatballs

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Makes about 16-20

Equipment: Wooden skewers, bowl, wooden spoon, knife, grill

  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 450g minced lamb or beef
  • a few fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • salt and pepper
  • vegetable oil for grilling

How to Make The Meatballs

  1. Peel the onion and chop it finely - small kids often don't like big onion pieces.
  2. Peel and crush the garlic and then place the onion, garlic and minced lamb in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Sprinkle the chopped mint leaves, spices and seasonings over the lamb and mix in well.
  4. Using your hands, divide the mixture into 16-20 equal portions and mould into sausage shapes (or balls if you prefer) around the skewers. 
  5. Brush the meatballs with oil and place under the grill or BBQ for 8-10 minutes, turning them regularly until they are brown all over.
  6. Serve as they are or with a dipping sauce.

Note: To prevent the skewers from burning, soak them in water first for 30 minutes before putting them under the grill or BBQ.

To fancy it up a little and add some color, put some vegetables between the meatballs. Try doing some with and some without, that way kids that don't like the vegetables can eat the ones without.

Savory Party Food Cook Books

I have found it so hard to find just one cook book dedicated to kids savory party food.Most have lots of extra bits about planning and decorating that I don't necessarily want.

So I have done a bit of searching and come up with the 3 that I consider the best in terms of savory kids party food ideas. Take your pick.

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