Chicken Liver and Pork Meatballs

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Chicken Liver and Pork Meatballs

About This Recipe

Yield:makes about three dozen meatballs; serves 4
Active time:30 minutes
Total time:1 hour
Special equipment:baking sheet or large skillet
This recipe appears in: The Nasty Bits: Liver Meatballs


  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup fresh parsley leaves, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 pounds fatty ground beef or pork
  • 1/2 pound duck or chicken liver, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. 1

    Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onions and sauté until the onions are softened but not browned, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Add parsley and Worcestershire sauce and allow the mixture to cool.

  2. 2

    Add ground beef, livers, bread crumbs, eggs, cumin, turmeric, and paprika. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well with hands. Take a 1/2 teaspoon of mixture and place on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave for 10 seconds to cook, then tastes for seasoning. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

  3. 3

    Using wet hands, form mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls.

  4. 4

    Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place the meatballs on the baking sheet. The meatballs should be barely touching. Bake until the meatballs are browned, 17 to 20 minutes. Serve as-is, or garnish with grated cheese and more herbs.

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