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How to Cook Meatballs?

| On 03, Apr 2012

Meatballs or locally known as Bola-bola

Meatballs has been an all time favorite dish around the world. Each and every early ages in the world has their own ways to cook this fancy little fellow. Each and every tradition can claim that this food originated from them.

In America, meatballs are simple recipe from ground meat, onion and other herbs rolled into balls and used as toppings for spaghetti. In Europe, the meatballs are mixed with different fruits, vegetables, comes spicy and grilled (barbecue meatballs). Asian meatballs are steamed and sometimes eaten half cooked. Other countries has baked meatball recipe.

Here in the Philippines, we locally call this as bola-bola. Bola is the Filipino term for ball. Bola-Bola sometimes serve as business to many small scale businessman. My mom, way back my high school days also sold this to where many imitated her recipe, but none of them even comes close. Many still fall in line for my mom’s meat balls.

Me, as I will not going to sell this, I created my own recipe to where the ingredients were not spend-thrift.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 kilo ground pork
  • 1 medium carrots – chopped very fine
  • 1 medium potato – chopped very fine
  • 1 medium bell pepper – seeds removed and chopped very fine
  • 1 medium singkamas (turnip) – chopped very fine
  • 1 bundle spring onion – chopped
  • 2 medium onion – chopped very fine
  • 5 cloves garlic -minced well
  • ground pepper
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 spoon salt
  • Oil for frying


  1. 1. In a deep bowl form the ground pork into a volcano like.
  2. 2. Add all the ingredients and mix very well.
  3. 3. Roll into balls and fry until cooked.
  4. 4. Serve and enjoy.

You can use a cheese shredder for potato, carrots and turnips the finely chop using a knife to make your life easier. Compared to those meatballs sold, this recipe has lesser flour and without any water.

You can also use this recipe for spaghetti.

Learn more the author of this post:

I am Ringo and allow me to say not an ordinary man. I've been working home base since 2009 and as of now, has no plans of returning to corporate. Web designer. Frustrated chef. Foodie. Good son (ehem!). Good father (to two labrador retrievers). And, a servant of God.



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