Caribbean Meatballs

Caribbean Meatballs with Island Spiced Potatoes

It’s election day in the US, and with every possible form of media jamming last minute political ads down your throat, perhaps you need to get in the kitchen and make something crazy to cover up the taste.  Give yourself a little island getaway from the comfort of your own table.

I remember meatballs being a popular meal choice in my home growing up.  Well, popular for everyone except me.  I never really enjoyed meatballs until I started making them for myself.  I usually like to make “albondigas”, which are Spanish tapas style meatballs.  For this entry, I thought I would try something a bit different.  I really enjoyed the Island Spiced Burgers I made a few weeks ago, and I used a bit of that concept in this recipe.  I always find making meatballs to be a labor of love (a.k.a. pain in the @$$), but in this case it was definitely worth the effort.  This will serve 4.

Caribbean Meatballs

1 lb Ground Beef

1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs

1 Egg Yolk

Vegetable oil

Spice Paste

6 Cloves

2 Cloves Garlic

1 Green Onion

1 Inch Ginger, fresh

1/2 Onion Minced

1 Stick Cinnamon

1 Tbsp Orange Juice

1 Tbsp White Rum

1 Tbsp Veg. Oil

1 Tbsp White Vinegar

Start by making the spice paste in a food processor (I use a magic bullet style blender).  Combine all ingredients and process until smooth.  In a large stainless steel bowl combine the beef with half the spice paste, 1/4 cup of bread crumbs, and 1 egg yolk.  Mix well, roll meatballs in hand to roughly 1 inch diameter.  Heat a large frying pan with vegetable oil, add meatballs rolling them clockwise/counterclockwise to retain shape and prevent them from sticking.  When browned on all sides, remove and let them rest on a paper towel.


8 oz Can Tomato Sauce

Reserved Spice Paste

2 Tbsp Coconut Milk

Sea Salt & Pepper

Cayenne Pepper to taste

1 1/2 Tsp Agave Nectar

In a medium saucepan combine all ingredients and simmer on low heat.  Add the meatballs and cook for 5-7 minutes.  Serve.

Making these meatballs can be slightly labor intensive, but they have a creamy, tangy wonderfulness to them.  They go well with Island Spiced Potatoes.  For a full spread, think about serving with Coconut Rice or Coleslaw to cool down the heat.

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2 thoughts on “Caribbean Meatballs

  1. Wow, sounds delicious. I’ve only recently started to make meatballs as I worked as a butcher’s assistant years ago, so I know the stuff (as in stuff I’m being polite) that goes into sausage meat – for years I wouldn’t touch the stuff! Love your spice paste in this.

    • The spice paste is good stuff. A friend of mine also worked in a butcher’s shop… I believe he said “lips and %$^holes” went into the hot dogs/sausages. Ouch. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers.

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