Mini Meat Balls with Garlic and Basil Sauce

Mini Meatballs with Basil-Garlic Sauce

I love making mini versions of big things. For example, rather than making a big pasta casserole, I usually prefer to make individual dishes. They are really cute. Don’t you think?

These Mini Meat Balls are perfect for a cocktail or tapas party . You can make them ahead and bake them when your guests arrive. Easy,simple and delicious!

Buen provecho!



(Makes about 65 mini meatballs)


  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
  • Garlic-Basil Sauce

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup basil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and pepper


  1. To make the meatballs:
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the meatball ingredients . Knead with your hands until well mixed.
  3. Shape the mixture into mini meatballs, set them on a baking sheet. Refrigerate until ready to bake.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400F. Place the meatballs in the oven and bake, turning once with tongs until brown and crispy on both sides, about 15 minutes total. Remove the baking sheet from the broiler and transfer the meatballs to a platter.
  5. To make the sauce:
  6. Place all the sauce ingredients in the food processor and process until smooth.
  7. Serve the meatballs with the sauce on the side.
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  1. says

    Yummy, the sauce sound really good with it. I like making smaller meatballs too, and using individual dishes, for enchiladas, au gratin potatoes, etc….

  2. says

    Mini are definitely better! I can’t really say way, but I think the cuteness-factor has something to do with it. These sound incredibly spiced! Love them.

  3. says

    miniature pieces of food are always more appealing to me too. there’s something about the fact that you can eat lots and lots of little ones that makes them more appealing than just one big serving…and you’d better believe i’d be eating lots of these!

  4. says

    I love cute small meatballs too, especially for parties. I love the garlic and basil sauce. Must be delicious…mmm. Have a lovely weekend.

  5. says

    I used to make similar tiny meatballs (with minced chicken) for my kids lunch. They were very well loved. I love the sauce here, so aromatic. and yes on a toothpick it is great for guests too.

  6. says

    I can’t resist a good meatball! Especially with the delicious sound of the garlic basil sauce! That really makes them special.


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