Basil Meatball Fondue

Serve this simple appetizer with oil-based fondues.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 4 fresh basil leaves
  • 8 oz. ground beef
  • 1⁄2 cup cooked corn kernels
  • 1⁄4 tsp. celery salt
  • 1 Tbsp. onion, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cardamom
  • 2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1⁄4 cup sour cream
  • 4 1⁄2 cups vegetable oil, or as necessary


  • Chop the fresh basil leaves. With your hands, mix together the ground beef, basil leaves, celery salt, onion, and 2 tablespoons of the cooked rice. Shape the ground beef mixture into 9 meatballs the size of golf balls. Roll the ground beef balls into the remainder of the cooked rice so that each ball is well covered.
  • Blend together the ground cardamom, ground coriander, ground cumin, and ground cinnamon. Combine the yogurt and sour cream. Add 2 teaspoons of the blended spices to the yogurt mixture. Store the remainder of the spice mixture in a sealed container to use another time.
  • Add the oil to the fondue pot, making sure it is not more than half full. Heat the pot on a stove element over medium-high heat.
  • When the oil is hot, move the fondue pot to the table and set up the burner. Using metal skewers with wooden handles, skewer the meatballs so that the skewer comes out the other side of the meatball. Cook the meatball in the hot oil for 4 to 5 minutes, until the rice is browned and the meat is cooked through. Serve with the spiced yogurt mixture for dipping.