Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub Guinness Meatballs

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 30m
Ready In

"*Admin Notes* Guinness Meatballs are a classic Irish pub fare dish. They are made by mixing together ground beef, Guinness, breadcrumbs, and spices, forming the mixture into meatballs, and then baking or pan-frying the meatballs in a skillet. *Author Notes* Chef Ethan Light, Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub, Portland, Oregon recipegoldmine"

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (336.5 g)
  • Calories 629.8
  • Total Fat - 38.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 15.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 237.8 mg
  • Sodium - 1271.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 19.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.5 g
  • Sugars - 11.2 g
  • Protein - 46.8 g
  • Calcium - 174.8 mg
  • Iron - 5.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 4.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except eggs.

Step 2

Crack eggs in separate bowl

Step 3

And add to meat mixture.

Step 4

Blend mixture by hand until just incorporated.

Step 5

Shape meat mixture into balls,

Step 6

1 1/2 inches in diameter.

Step 7

Place meatballs on 2 large sheet pans.

Step 8

Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of meatballs reads 160 degrees F.

Step 9

Shake each pan occasionally to allow meat to brown on all sides.

Step 10

Remove pans from oven.

Step 11

Pour Kells Guinness Cream Sauce over meatballs and let steep until ready to serve.

Step 12

Meatballs and sauce can be held in a 160 degrees oven or crock pot until ready to serve.Drizzle extra cream sauce atop and around meatballs.

Step 13

In a small bowl, mix 2 to 3 ounces (4 to 6 tablespoons) of room-temperature beef broth with cornstarch.

Step 14

Set aside.

Step 15

Combine remaining broth and ingredients, except heavy cream, in heavy-gauge sauce pot and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat.

Step 16

Cook for 15 minutes on low and reduce to a low simmer.

Step 17

Add heavy cream.

Step 18

When cream is blended,

Step 19

Slowly drizzle in cornstarch mixture,

Step 20

Whisking constantly until mixture is incorporated.

Step 21

Continue to whisk until sauce returns to a low simmer, about 5 to 10 minutes. Thickness and taste may be adjusted by adding slightly more broth or cream.


No special items needed.

2 Reviews


Fabulous meatballs! Some of the best I've had. The gravy was really unique and flavorful, too.


review by:
(13 Mar 2023)


Great tasting meatballs and easy too. The meatballs were tender and the sauce was delish!


review by:
(20 Mar 2020)

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