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Colorful mandarin meatballs

Anti-waste meatballs: the pleasure of not throwing anything away

The proposed anti-waste meatballs recipe pleases the sight of all fans of the color orange.

With a sparkling aroma, bright shades and a refined flavour, the colored meatballs choose to be accompanied by mandarin. Perfect for autumnal meatballs where mandarins are the protagonists.

A mistreated fruit, sometimes relegated to the sole closure of the meal, thus becomes a co-protagonist, capable of giving joy, a touch of color and vitality.

Meatballs recipe empty pantry

Meatballs are a tasty dish that pleases everyone: from the smallest to the largest.

Everyone associates meatballs with a pleasant dish to be enjoyed in company both as a single course and as a tasty appetizer.

Versatile and ready in the blink of an eye, the colorful meatballs will bring a pinch of good humor to the table!

Tradition dictates that meatballs are prepared with the leftovers of previously cooked meats: crispy roast on Sundays, meatballs on Mondays.

However, if you are not used to using this method you can choose to buy the minced meat and prepare it directly.

The advice is to buy Genuina minced meat online and prepare different dishes: from hamburgers to colored meatballs, everything is possible, you just need to sharpen your ingenuity and unleash your imagination!

Anti-waste citrus meatballs recipe


  • 450g minced beef
  • 30 g of grated cheese (whatever you have leftover in the fridge)
  • 30 g of grated leftover dry bread
  • 20 g of almond flour or flour you have in the pantry
  • 3 organic mandarins
  • 2 whole eggs
  • Half a white onion (yes, the leftover one in the fridge)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Sage to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil for frying to taste
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste

Mandarin meatballs procedure

Chop the garlic and sage. After waiting half an hour to ensure that the meat reaches room temperature and thus avoid any thermal shock.

Combine it in a bowl with the previously prepared mixture, the eggs, the breadcrumbs, the grated cheese, the almond flour, a pinch of salt and pepper and mix everything together until you obtain a smooth, firm mixture.

Carefully peel the mandarins and keep the peel aside. Using a citrus juicer, squeeze the mandarins to obtain the juice.

Using your hands, create small balls and place on a cutting board. In the meantime, add the oil, chopped onions, tangerine peel and juice to a rather large non-stick pan.

When the oil has reached the right temperature, immerse the meatballs, leave to cook for ten minutes with the lid on and the same number without. Remove from the heat and place them on a sheet of absorbent paper to remove excess oil.

Plate up and enjoy these particular colorful meatballs, rich in flavor and delicious to look at. Enjoy your meal!