Wild Garlic Meatballs

Wild Garlic Meatballs

Reading the news is sometimes very depressing but every now and then something funny pops up. In this case all of the sudden, all over my social media feeds the news had broken that the famous Swedish meatball isn’t Swedish, it originates from Turkey. I have to say I did know that but I am sure there are some fundamental differences that developed over the years.

Everyone makes meatballs differently and this is a bit of a cheat as I am using sausage meat but I needed a quick dinner.

This year I have picked so much wild garlic it is amazing. A friend of mine showed me a spot that is not only massive in size but absolutely covered in wild garlic.


wild garlic


I got a bit carried away and came home with quite a lot. Nothing went to waste. I dehydrated most of the leaves for a wild garlic powder.


wild garlic leaves


This is used in various spice mixes and to food. I have pickled the stems and the flower buds.


Wild garlic flower buds


I used the remaining wild garlic for pesto.


wild garlic pesto


If you waqnt more ideas of what to do with wild garlic have a look at the lovely Ealine’s blog, here lots of ideas, and why not try her gorgeous wild garlic flower oat cakes?


The flavour is amazing and I had some sausage meat to make quick meatballs. I decided to add some wild garlic.


Wild garlic sausage meatballs 

preparation time 15 minutes 

cooking time 10-12 minutes 

serves 2


  • 400 gr or 14.1 oz Sausage meat
  • 1 tbsp Heatonomy hot sauce, use anyone you like
  • 1/2 dl or 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • a handful of shredded wild garlic leaves
  • a twist of salt and pepper
  • oil and butter for pan frying

Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix.


wild garlic sausage meatball


Rinse a chopping board, wet your hands and shape the meatballs. Place each one on the wet chopping board. This will prevent the meatballs from sticking to the board.

Heat up the oil with a little butter and pan fry the meatballs. They are done when they have a “bounce” when you touch them.

Pan fry the meatballs in batches and keep them warm on low heat in another pan.


Wild Garlic Meatballs


If you are making a gravy place the meatballs in a little stock that will make a great gravy base.

I think I could have made twice as many meatballs and we would have eaten all of them. The wild garlic is an amazing ingredient. I don’t think it is a very Swedish recipe but nor is it a Turkish one either, they might originate from Turkey but no countries can offer boundaries for a dish that so many love.


I am bringing this, even if a bit late to the amazing Angie’s Fiesta Friday. She has Mollie, The Frugal Housewife, as a co host. Mollie’s blog is one of my favourites, there is always something to tempt and inspire you!









21 Responses to “Wild Garlic Meatballs”
  1. Wow! What a huge area of wild garlic plants!!! Amazing!
    Thank you so much for sharing my oat cakes 🙂
    The news about the meat balls passed me by, how interesting!

    • petra08 says:

      Hello Elaine!
      Your oat cakes are too pretty! And so inventive 🙂
      Am sure the wild garlic would be lovely in falafel instead of meat, it goes with pretty much everything doesn’t it?
      Not too much left of the season, I need to pick a bit more and dehydrate for the rest of the year, or part of it as an sure it won’t last that long 🙂 x

  2. mistimaan says:

    Just loved it

  3. chefkreso says:

    Never had meatballs like these, they look amazing!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Chef Kreso
      Thank you. They are absolutely work making when you are in a hurry. Any fresh herb you like would work as well but the cranberries are brilliant! 🙂

  4. Hi Petra, and thanks for the shout out!! These are so tempting!! I just mentioned on Elaine’s blog how prolific wild garlic can be and how hard to get out of my yard!! That pic shows it all!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Fiesta Friday!!


  5. Laura says:

    I’m so envious of all that wild garlic Petra – so nice to see how you put it to good use!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Laura
      Thank you! It was the most generous and amazing thing my friend did and I am so lucky! The season is almost over, I had a bit of a struggle with the stinging nettles picking them last but dehydrating it makes it last for ages 🙂 x

  6. Lizet Flores de Bowen says:

    I’ve never seen wild garlic in person. That is a lot of garlic! I’ll be trying your recipe soon. 🙂

    • petra08 says:

      hi Lizet
      Wild garlic is amazing, you can smell it before you see it, it has a very distinct garlic aroma.
      If you can’t find wild garlic rocket salad or fine chopped leek and some crushed garlic should do the trick as well 🙂

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