June 30, 2017

Ukrainian Pork Meatballs (kotlety)

Easy Ukrainian Pork Meatballs (kotlety) are perfectly tender and hearty and you will love that these are oven baked. There is no needed attention to each meatball individually or cooking in few batches to fit in a skillet.

Jump to Recipe Leave a Review

It’s a comforting home-style dish that is sure to satisfy! And did I mention these are freezer friendly?

Ukrainian Pork Meatballs (kotlety) are perfectly tender and hearty and you will love that these are oven baked. | olgainthekitchen.com

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy.

Pork Meatballs Recipe:

Our Ukrainian Pork Meatballs recipe is a classic, simple-ingredients dish made up of ground pork, soaked bread, onion, mayo, salt and pepper. These are slightly crispy on the outside and perfectly tender on the inside.

Traditionally you will find them served up with mashed potatoes and paired with a side of fresh homemade salad. Few of our favorite salads to complete the meal are: all-veggie salad, cabbage carrot pepper salad, cucumber radish salad or tomato cucumber radish salad.

These are a staple at many gatherings and always in demand. We love them paired with mashed potatoes for guests or on the weekends. For easier weeknight dinner, they are also delicious served over a bed of pasta. The prep is so much easier and faster. 

Ukrainian Pork Meatballs (kotlety) are perfectly tender and hearty and you will love that these are oven baked. | olgainthekitchen.com

What Ingredients go into Pork Meatballs?

  • Ground pork: choose with a bit of fat. The fats keep meatballs juicy and tender.
  • Yellow onion: add lots of flavor and meatballs will not turn out bland.
  • Dried bread: will lighten the texture and make meatballs tender. I like this homemade bread the best or rustic. Store-bought sliced or french bread will change meatballs texture.
  • Real Mayonnaise: will add the extra fat to make these moist and tastier.
  • Fine salt: for flavoring
  • Ground black pepper: for flavoring. You can add more than the recipe calls for if you want to taste the extra heat with each bite.
  • Plain bread crumbs: will give better texture and create that exterior crisp of each meatball.
  • Lukewarm water: for soaking dried bread before grating.

Ukrainian Pork Meatballs (kotlety) are perfectly tender and hearty and you will love that these are oven baked. | olgainthekitchen.com

Can I Use Chicken or Beef for Meatballs?

You can use the same amount of ground chicken or ground beef the recipe calls for to make our favorite meatball recipe. You can also do half chicken and half pork.

Can you Freeze Pork Meatballs?

One of the main reasons why I do these in the oven is that I could freeze them. When meatballs are baked, they don’t fry as much as on the skillet making these so perfect for reheating later. Also, if you are mainly planning to freeze the meatballs, it will save you a lot of time and effort to bake instead of frying. 

Let the meatballs cool completely. Place them into freezer bags and freeze up to 3 months. 

Ukrainian Pork Meatballs (kotlety) are perfectly tender and hearty and you will love that these are oven baked. | olgainthekitchen.com

Can you Reheat Pork Meatballs?

Single layer frozen baked meatballs into a lightly oiled skillet. Reheat them over low heat, covered with lid until fully heated. You do not need to thaw these before reheating.

Because these Ukrainian meatballs recipe is always in demand at our house, I always keep them in freezer. My mom taught me this method and I double or triple the recipe so I can always have my freezer loaded with homemade meatballs.

Ukrainian Pork Meatballs (kotlety) are perfectly tender and hearty and you will love that these are oven baked. | olgainthekitchen.com

How to Make Baked Pork Meatballs:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line parchment paper with a baking sheet (no cooking spray or oil is required). In a medium bowl, cover dried bread slices with lukewarm water; let it stand and soak for few minutes. Squeeze out the water from bread and grate onto a large hole of grater.
  • In a large bowl, combine and mix ground pork meat and grated bread (for best results, use your hands).
  • Grate onion onto a small hole of grater. Dispose any excess onion juice. 
  • To the meat, add mayonnaise, grated onion, fine salt and ground black pepper. Mix until well combined. 
  • Scoop meat with a cookie scoop for equal sized meatballs. Roll them in bread crumbs and slightly flatten each one to about 1/2″ thick. Using cookie scoop will save time and it will help meatballs cook more evenly if they are the same size. 

Ukrainian Pork Meatballs (kotlety) are perfectly tender and hearty and you will love that these are oven baked. | olgainthekitchen.com

  • Transfer onto baking sheet (side by side). Bake for 40-45 minutes or until fully cooked, by flipping meatballs over halfway through. Transfer baked pork meatballs into a dish and serve warm over a bed of mashed potatoes or pasta. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers once cooled. 

Ukrainian Pork Meatballs (kotlety) are perfectly tender and hearty and you will love that these are oven baked. | olgainthekitchen.com

Can I Cook the Meatballs on the Stovetop Instead of the Oven?

Very often I cook the meatballs on the stovetop because my husband likes them better this way. I have to admit they taste slightly different when you have that extra crispy crust on each meatball. It works great, but it takes more time and effort. 

Use the same recipe and same instructions as for baked meatballs. Heat a large non-stick skillet over low-medium heat with few tablespoons of oil, to fully cover the bottom of the skillet. Once oil is hot, add prepared meatballs (10-13, depends on skillet size) and cook about 8-10 minutes per side, adding more oil as needed. Saute until meatballs are golden brown on the outside and cooked through. 

Ukrainian Pork Meatballs (kotlety) are perfectly tender and hearty and you will love that these are oven baked. | olgainthekitchen.com

More Ukrainian Favorites You’ll Love:

Ukrainian Pork Meatballs (kotlety) are perfectly tender and hearty and you will love that these are oven baked. | olgainthekitchen.com

Ukrainian Pork Meatballs (kotlety) are perfectly tender and hearty and you will love that these are oven baked. | olgainthekitchen.com

Ukrainian Pork Meatballs (kotlety)

5 from 6 votes
Servings: 75 meatballs
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Our Ukrainian Pork Meatballs recipe is a classic, simple-ingredients dish made up of ground
pork
, soaked bread, onion, mayo, salt and pepper. We love them paired with mashed potatoes for guests or on the weekends. For easier weeknight dinner, they are also delicious served over a bed of pasta. The prep is so much easier and faster.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs ground pork meat
  • 1 medium yellow onion (5 oz)
  • 8 oz (or 1/2 lb) dried sliced bread (preferably rustic or homemade)
  • 1/2 cup real mayo
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste (I usually do 2 1/2 tsp)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper or to taste
  • 1 cup fine bread crumbs for coating (I use Progresso plain)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line parchment paper with a baking sheet (no cooking spray or oil is required).

  2. In a medium bowl, cover 8 oz dried bread slices with lukewarm water; let it stand and soak for few minutes. Squeeze out the water from bread and grate onto a large hole of grater.

  3. In a large bowl, combine and mix 2 1/2 lbs ground pork meat and grated bread (for best results, use your hands).

  4. Grate 1 medium yellow onion onto a small hole of grater. Dispose any excess onion juice.

  5. To the meat, add grated onion, 1/2 cup real mayo, 2 tsp fine salt and 1/2 tsp ground black pepper. (start with 2 tsp salt and add more if needed - depends on mayo brand). Mix well until everything is fully combined. (You are welcome to add more pepper if spicy meatballs are preferred).

  6. Scoop meat with a small cookie scoop for equal sized meatballs. (Using cookie scoop will save time and it will help meatballs cook more evenly if they are the same size). Roll them in bread crumbs and slightly flatten each one to about 1/2″ thick. Transfer onto baking sheet (side by side). You will most likely need an additional smaller baking sheet to fit 10-15 remaining meatballs. Bake both baking sheets at the same time.

  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until fully cooked, by flipping meatballs over halfway through. (I usually do 25 mins one side and 20 another).

  8. Transfer baked pork meatballs into a dish and serve warm over a bed of mashed potatoes or pasta. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers once cooled. 

Recipe Notes

  • Use the same amount of ground chicken or ground beef the recipe calls for to make chicken or beef meatballs. You can also do half pork and half chicken.
  • To freeze meatballs: once meatballs are fully baked, let them cool. Place into freezer bags and freeze up to 3 months.

  • To reheat frozen meatballs: single layer meatballs into a lightly oiled skillet over low heat (cover with lid for best results).  
  • To cook meatballs on stovetop: use the same recipe and same instructions as for baked meatballs. Heat a large non-stick skillet over low-medium heat with few tablespoons of oil, to fully cover the bottom of the skillet. Once oil is hot, add prepared meatballs (10-13, depends on skillet size) and cook about 8-10 minutes per side, adding more oil as needed. Saute until meatballs are golden brown on the outside and cooked through. 

Did You Make This Recipe?

Tag @olgainthekitchen on Instagram and hashtag it #olgainthekitchen - I'd love to see your creations!

Don’t Want to Miss a New Recipe?

  • The BEST Sour Cream Blueberry Muffins in the world! 🤩 My family had been enjoying these for about a decade and it’s the only berry muffin recipe they approved..so far😃 (Click ➡️ @olgainthekitchen for the link in bio) #olgainthekitchen ... RECIPE: https://www.olgainthekitchen.com/blueberry-muffins/ ... #blueberrymuffins #muffins #bakestagram #bakes #feedfeed #tohfoodie #wsbakeclub #imsomartha #dessertsofinstagram #dessertstagram #myallrecipes #deliciousfood #foodshare #foodgawker #bhgfood #lifeandthyme #thebakefeed #foodblogfeed #bakefromscratch #buzzfeedtasty #foodlove #instayum #bakebakebake #bakingbread #sotasty #bakingday #breakfasttime #treatyourself #allrecipes
  • These Salmon Avocado Sandwiches (Canapes) are super easy, healthy and the perfect appetizer to serve at your next party! 🎉 We love to enjoy them for breakfast or as a snack😋 (Click ➡️ @olgainthekitchen for the link in bio) #olgainthekitchen ... RECIPE: https://www.olgainthekitchen.com/salmon-avocado-sandwiches/ ... #newrecipe #avocadotoast #appetizers #healthybreakfast #salmonrecipe #avocadolove #feedfeed #tohfoodie #imsomartha #myallrecipes #lifeandthyme #foodlove #deliciousfood #healthybreakfast #lowcarbideas #yummyfood #bhgfood #foodnetwork #pioneerwoman #appetizersfordinner #eatwell #foodandwine #easyrecipes #eatprettythings #foodblogfeed #foodgawker #foodtasting #tastethisnext #mycommontable #foodshare
  • These Quick Oven Roasted Potatoes are the right way to start the day. I bought like 4 bags of gold potatoes the other day cuz we love potatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner! 🥔😋 (Click ➡️ @olgainthekitchen for the link in bio *new pics coming soon👏) #olgainthekitchen ... RECIPE: https://www.olgainthekitchen.com/quick-oven-roasted-potatoes/ ... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #breakfastideas #thefeedfeed #breakfastpotatoes #tasteofhome #bhgfood #allrecipes #yummly #instayum #tohfoodie #easymeal #easyrecipe #sidedish #lifeandthyme #pinterestinspired #onmyplate #foodshare #heresmyfood #dinnerisserved #foodgawker #foodblogfeed #letsgetcooking #wprecipemaker #potatoes #roastedpotatoes #quickmeal #deliciousfood #instafood #foodandwine #tastespotting
  • Broken Glass Juice Gelatin: use your favorite juices to create this masterpiece!! 💛💜 (Click 👉➡️ @olgainthekitchen for the link in bio) #olgainthekitchen ... RECIPE: https://www.olgainthekitchen.com/broken-glass-juice-gelatin/ ... #myallrecipes #jello #lovedesserts #feedfeed #spoonfeed #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #foodblogeats #foodforfoodies #buzzfeast #huffposttaste #foodphotos #todayfood #kitchn #forkyeah #easyrecipes #deliciousfood #dailyfoodfeed #foodforthought #mycommontable #foodlove #yummyfood #lifeandthyme #sotasty #recipeshare #dessertstagram #creativefood #buzzfeedtasty #tohfoodie
#OlgaInTheKitchen
Tag your creations.
  • As I was dropping my fedex return today, I decided to pop into the Asian supermarket next door. I never saw such long lines there before. People were buying grains/wheat, buckwheat was one of them - bags and bags of it. It has expiration date 2 years later, plus it’s healthy! I had to get couple myself cuz I was running out and we love buckwheat with meatballs, any meat or even with eggs for breakfast, but I felt so weird because I’m sure the moment I took it, people automatically assumed I was one of those people who had been wiping off store shelves these days 😄 (but I’m not 😜) (Click ➡️ @olgainthekitchen for the link in bio) #olgainthekitchen⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ RECIPE: https://www.olgainthekitchen.com/how-to-cook-buckwheat/⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #buckwheat #breakfastideas #thefeedfeed #wprecipemaker #glutenfree #healthybreakfast #yummybreakfast #bhgfood #foodgawker #deliciousfood #instayum #foodstagram #tohfoodie #imsomartha #finecooking #lowcarb #easyrecipe #sidedish #easydinner #eathealthy #eatwell #mycommontable #onmyplate #lifeandthyme #kitchn #inmykitchen #glutenfreeliving #healthyeatingideas #buckwheatporridge
  • Thinking of Easter menu? The quickest dessert ever: Ukrainian Dulce de Leche Waffle Cake! 💖 classic and easy 3-ingredient dessert your whole family will love! 🤩 (Click ➡️ @olgainthekitchen for the link in bio ) #olgainthekitchen ... RECIPE: https://www.olgainthekitchen.com/ukrainian-dulce-de-leche-waffle-cake/ ... #wafflecake #wafers #cake #instacake #dulcedeleche #feedfeed #instagood #desserts #thebakefeed #bakebakebake #sweeeeets #foodforthought #foodforfoodies #recipes #buzzfeedfood #delicious #deliciousfood #sweettooth #foodblogging #todayfood #thekitchn #tastingtable #homemade #easyrecipes #wprecipemaker #yummyfood #imsomartha #myallrecipes #allrecipes
  • This Ukrainian Pumpkin Bread replaced our Easter bread! Every year mom makes one for each of her child to take home after our family gathering (there are 8 kids)😍 This fluffy goodness is hard to resist😋 (Click ➡️ @olgainthekitchen for the link in bio)#olgainthekitchen⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ... RECIPE: https://www.olgainthekitchen.com/ukrainian-pumpkin-bread/ ... #pumpkinbread #holidaybaking #imsomartha #thebakefeed #thefeedfeed #feedfeed #bakefromscratch #breadmaking #ilovebaking #wsbakeclub #myallrecipes #tohfoodie #bobsredmill #bakersofinstagram #bakebakebake #instabake #homemade #bakingday #dessertstagram #dessertoftheday #thrivemags #f52 #lifeandthyme #wprecipemaker #allrecipes #bakinglove #bakingfromscratch #christmasbaking #holidaybaking
  • One of our all-time favorite cakes: Chocolate 🍒 Bundt Cake!😋 . (Click ➡️ @olgainthekitchen for the link in bio ) #olgainthekitchen ... RECIPE: https://www.olgainthekitchen.com/chocolate-cherry-bundt-cake ... #cake #instacake #instagood #chocolatecake #imsomartha #buzzfeedfood #feedfeedchocolate #bakedfromscratch #marthabakes #feedfeed #bhgfood #foodblogging #delicious #tastingtable #tohfoodie #eatingfortheinsta #bestfoodfeed #cakerecipe #cakesofinstagram #dessertlover #sweettooth #bakingblog #deliciousfood #dailyfoodfeed #foodforthought #instasweet #instabake #sugarfix #dessertstagram