Spicy Meatballs with Cheese Sauce
30 MIN
40 MIN

Spicy Meatballs with Cheese Sauce



  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup (75 g) butter
  • 4 tsp brown sugar
  • 4 tsp sweet paprika
  • 4 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 lb (340 g) lean ground beef
  • 3/4 lb (340 g) lean ground pork
  • 1/2 cup (65 g) breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup (35 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (500 ml) beef broth

    Cheese Sauce

  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup (250 ml) milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (150 g) yellow cheddar cheese, grated
  • A few drops yellow food colouring (optional)
  • A few drops red food colouring (optional)


  1. In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, brown the onion in 1 tbsp of the butter. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a large bowl. Let cool.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and spices. Reserve 1 tbsp of the mixture for the pan sauce.
  3. Add the ground beef and pork, breadcrumbs, milk, egg and spice mix to the onions. Season with salt. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Shape each meatball with about 1 tbsp of the mixture. Set aside on a plate. You should end up with approximately 50 meatballs.
  5. In the same non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, brown the meatballs, half at a time, in ¼ cup (55 g) of the butter until nicely browned on all sides. Set aside on another plate.
  6. 6. Sprinkle the flour over the hot fat in the skillet and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly until the mixture turns golden brown. Whisk in the broth and reserved spices and bring to a boil. Add the meatballs. Cover and gently simmer for about 5 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked and the sauce thickens. Keep warm.

Cheese Sauce

  1. In a bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the milk. Set aside.
  2. In a small pot over medium heat, melt the butter with the flour, stirring with a whisk. Cook for 1 minute. Add the milk mixture and bring to a boil, whisking continuously. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Adjust the seasoning. If desired, add a few drops of food colouring to give the sauce an even deeper orange hue.
  3. To serve, place the meatballs in bowls. Drizzle with the cheese sauce.