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May 27, 2015

Ever fancied recreating restaurant standard food at home? I was tasked with trying out the Copthorne Meatball designed by the Copthorne Hotel in Sheffield’s Head Chef Mark Jones to prove it can be done and is just as tasty.

When sent the recipe I was intrigued by the Copthorne Meatball as I’ve only really ever had meatballs with spaghetti. Plus melted cheese in the middle?! Yes please!! So I picked a Saturday night to make this meal, which gave Mr W and I the perfect chance to have a date night type evening in together. But it also meant we could do the cooking together too, which is always lovely (ie. I’m rubbish at mashing potatoes, whereas he is fab). So here is the recipe if you want to try it out.

Ingredients_Copthorne Meatball_Miss Pond

The Copthorne Meatball
(Makes 8)

For the Meat Balls:

  • 250g Beef mince
  • 250g Pork mince
  • 1 White onion, diced
  • 1 tsp Ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp English mustard powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (or Henderson’s relish)
  • 2 tbsp HP sauce
  • Olive oil
  • 300g cheese, chopped into squares (1cm cubed or so)

For the Mash:

  • 400g King Edward potatoes
  • 1-2 tbsp English mustard
  • 50g Butter
  • 100ml Double cream

To Serve:

  • 200g Chopped kale
  • Gravy or red wine sauce
  1. Pan fry the onion until soft, make sure it goes translucent but gains no colour, set aside and leave to cool.
  2. Combine the mince, a tsp of olive oil, and other meat ball ingredients (except the cheese) in a bowl mixing well. Add in the onion once cool and leave in the fridge, covered for 2-3 hours.
  3. Divide the mixture in to 8 and place a cube of cheese in each, roll into balls with the cheese in the middle. Wrap the meatballs tightly foil and cool in the fridge again.
  4. Turn your oven to 180C and bring a pan of water to the boil. Whilst waiting peel and chop your potatoes, then place into the boiling water for 20 minutes. Put the meatballs in an oven proof dish (still wrapped in foil) for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Combine the mash ingredients and mash. Or if you’re posh pass the potatoes through a ricer and then add the ingredients (we did the former as a ricer is faff).
  6. Boil or fry your kale for a couple of minutes until soft, at this time heat up your sauce.
  7. Unwrap your meat balls, place on bed of mash and kale, then pour the sauce over and enjoy! I suggest a Shiraz or Malbec to enjoy with your dinner 🙂

Copthorne Meatball_Miss Pond

This meal was delicious, I’m not a huge fan of kale but it was the perfect accompaniment and I was rather pleased with my plating of the dish! The meat balls were well seasoned and the cheese inside was lovely with the red wine sauce we used. Both of us were stuffed by the end and we’d both recommend it if you are looking for a nice meal for two at home.

Do you like to try out restaurant recipes at home? And as always let me know if you give it a go,


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P.S. All of the ingredients were provided for me to make this meal. But it was delicious. Promise.


  • Reply Kerri May 28, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Mmmm that looks tasty! must admit, I really don’t like pork mince, so I’d probably go all out with the beef mince.

    • Reply MissPond May 28, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      Or you could try lamb mince 🙂 it did taste good though!

  • Reply Bec Oakes May 27, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Looks so good! If only I could cook… :’) Will just have to get the mother on it next time I’m home from uni x

    • Reply MissPond May 28, 2015 at 8:23 am

      This was so easy to do! Bet you could do it 🙂

  • Reply jasmincharlotte May 27, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Looks fabulous! I love stuffing meatballs with cheese, all my favourite foods in one! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • Reply MissPond May 28, 2015 at 8:23 am

      It tasted amazing!! I’d never stuffed meatballs with cheese but it was so good. Recently found a recipe for burgers with cheese in the middle… Gonna have to try that out on the BBQ!!!

  • Reply Little Miss Katy (@MissKatyEnglish) May 27, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Such a fab idea! I’ve recently been doing meatballs a la Rosie Londoner (just baked in tomato sauce, smothered with cheese and spooned out on their own) but I think this will be my next goal! Not sure about the kale though… I’d probably go for spinach instad! 🙂 xx

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    • Reply MissPond May 28, 2015 at 8:22 am

      The kale was slowly wilted in a pan and buttered which was so naughty but actually quite good… I like your meatballs idea… Might be my next recipe to try out 🙂

  • Reply marianna larissa May 27, 2015 at 11:16 am

    That looks delicious and such a great recipe! I think it will be one I’ll have a go at making for sure. I really like trying out restaurant recipes at home and feel really inspired by so many great dishes in Manchester. Who knows, maybe I could be on Come Dine With Me with a fab recipe – I wish! 🙂 x

    • Reply MissPond May 28, 2015 at 8:20 am

      It was really yummy and not to difficult! I bet you could get on CDWM, there is so much inspiration out there 🙂

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