Christmas Welsh Beef Meatballs


  1. Pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 5, 190˚C, 375˚F.
  2. Mix together all of the meatball ingredients and shape into about 16 meatballs.
  3. Now heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onion and garlic for about 4 minutes. Once the onion and garlic have begun to soften, add in the rest of the sauce ingredients.
  4. Place the meatballs into the pan with the sauce and bring to the boil.
  5. When the meatballs have set and changed colour, carefully transfer them into a shallow ovenproof dish.
  6. Sprinkle half the meatball dish with stilton and the other half with mozzarella – half for the adults and half for the children (depending on everyone’s taste’s).
  7. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden, and the meatballs have cooked through.
  8. Sprinkle with basil and serve the meatballs with toasted pitta breads and coleslaw.

Recipe Information

Serves 4
Calories 286 kcals
Cooking Time


  • 450g (1lb) lean minced Welsh Beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • Seasoning

For the Sauce:

  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 400g can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 150ml (¼pt) mulled wine
  • Pinch sugar
  • 50g (2oz) stilton and Mozzarella, cut into small cubes
  • Black pepper
  • 1tbsp fresh basil, roughly chopped

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 286 kcal
  • Energy 1199KJ
  • Fat 12g
  • Saturates 4.8g
  • Salt 1.2g
  • Iron 4.4g
  • 5-a-day 1.5