Lazy Man’s Sweet Potato Meatballs

Once upon a time, Lazy Man read from a certain blog the recipe for pumpkin meatballs. He left a comment there, and then forgot all about it after some time…


Today, he finally remembered. So he went to work…


  • 1 x sweet potato
  • 1 pack of minced lamb meat – He wanted to use pork, but it was sold out. He don’t do beef, and he thinks minced chicken is weird. The only choice left is lamb
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • salt, pepper and olive oil


  • First he baked the sweet potato in the oven at 170°C for 40 minutes.
  • Then he let the potato cool down for 10 minutes.
  • Then he peeled the skin off and cut the potato into small pieces.

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  • Then he wanted to mash the sweet potato up with a fork, but the potato was not as soft as he wanted in certain parts and he got impatient, so he threw the whole lot of it into the blender to crush it.
  • Then he poured the crushed sweet potato into a bowl and added minced lamb to the potato.
  • Then he chopped up the garlic and added it into the mixture. He also added a large pinch of salt and lots of pepper.
  • Then he mixed everything up with a fork.

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  • Then he wanted to place the bowl of mixture into the fridge to cool and settle for an hour or two, but he got impatient. Lazy Man, remember? So he said “screw it” and immediately rolled chunks of the mixture into balls.
  • Then he drizzled olive oil over a foiled tray, placed the sweet potato meatballs onto the tray, and drizzled more olive oil over the balls. He also added another small pinch of salt and pepper onto the balls.

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  • Then he put the tray back into the oven and baked at 180°C.
  • Then he spent 25 minutes waiting while pondering if his methods will fail him and if the meatballs will crumble like a heap of dry leaves while listening to MLTR’s 25 Minutes Too Late.
  • Then the 25 minutes was up and his meatballs were ready.

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The balls did not crumble like a heap of dry leaves. It was rather deformed, but it held on together quite okay. Seems like this cutting corners recipe works. Now the myth that meatballs cannot be made using cutting corners method is well and truly busted.

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Ooh la la~ sweet potato + minced lamb = awesome deliciousness~~! This is probably something that I can make again. And again. And again and again and again…

Now I’m off munching my meatballs and a pile of strawberries while picking off where I left off last night. 30/96 now…



  1. You finally made the meatballs 😀 Lamb is even better! I never like minced chicken. Glad your meatballs turned out great. I think I may have a packet of minced lamb in the freezer…

    • Some day it will come one… you just need something to trigger you at the right time. 😉

  2. It seems like you are enjoying yourself which is good, life is hard and short, once in a while, we should pamper ourselves.

    I seldom cook because if I only cook once in a while (you can’t cook the same stuff everyday), the ingredients I bought would be wasted for example if I bought a bottle of tomato sauce and chicken stock, they would have expire or turn bad by the time I cook again, so that’s why I seldom cook.

    • It’s true. The Moroccan seasoning powder that I bought is like that, sitting in a corner being neglected. I bought it when I wanted to cook paella, but I couldn’t find much use for it other than that. 😐

  3. Sweet potatoes and lamb, can’t go wrong nomatter how you do it kua.. Minced lamb already nice, somemore roll into balls, mixed with sweet potatoes, sure nice la, this one no need say one.. MLTR’s 25 Mins Too Late, my “hit” song when I was 14 🙂

    • If you read the last parts, I’m quite happy with the outcome, so no, I do not need a binding agent. I suppose the sweet potato itself was a binding agent of some sort…

      • Suits you! But the first time I made anything like this – just potatoes and corned beef, they exploded!!! Such a mess and nothing to eat in the end. I deep fried them though – maybe it would have been ok if I had baked it in the oven like you, never mind deformed – as long as they taste great.

        • Maybe it is because of the sudden high heat disintegrating the minced meat, so you really need a strong binding agent. With the oven, the balls heat up slowly for the first few minutes so it has time to settle into shape.

          I’m probably saying nonsense, maybe some expert chef/cook would be able to pinpoint it 😀

  4. that’s not too long ago, barely two months only.. and oolala, i must say that too!! this meatball looks good!! sweet potatoes huh?? i would like to see the yam version.. show okay?? hehehe~~

    • Not so sure about yam, I have never cooked them before. And if you noticed, I said yam OR sweet potato. I’ve done one, so mission accomplished! 😉

  5. Looks so delicious! Perfect to munch on while watching Fan Bing Bing takes over the world. 😀

    • I think you might be disappointed if you think this series is about her taking over the world. Apparently the focus of this series is her life in the palace before she took over the world. Actually the title is rather misleading. It is not so much The Empress of China as The Early Life of The Empress or something. I’m actually starting to get bored to be honest. I don’t know if I can’t last the entire 96 episodes… 😐

      • Early life is better no? So that you can watch her when she is young and pretty instead of being old already like in Detective Dee movies.

        • No, not for me. I was actually looking forward to seeing her exploits as the Empress translated to a full length drama series. Instead, this drama totally ignored that main historical part and focused on her life before being the Empress, which is also mostly fiction anyway. I’m actually no longer enthusiastic to chase the entire series like I did when I started.

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