by Nigel Slater

No one will guess these meatballs contain anchovies - they are deeply savoury with a lift of lemon zest and herbs.

Main course

Buyer's guide

If you want to be sure of exactly what has gone into your mince then choose a whole piece of pork and ask your butcher to mince it for you (most butchers will be happy to do this). Try mixing a fattier cut such as belly with a leaner piece from the leg or shoulder.


Minced pork can be substituted for minced beef or lamb, or mixed with them for a different flavour. Use for meatballs, Chinese dumplings or Thai-style pork balls. Season and shape into patties, burgers or make your own sausages.