Ferdi-inspired meatballs!

inspired by our favorite restaurant in Paris!

When Erik & I were in Paris, we fell in love with a little restaurant called Ferdi! In fact, it’s one of those places we still talk about to this day…. like yesterday.

I was about to make spicy texas tacos for the 2482349823th time and Erik was like “orrrrr we can make Ferdi style meatballs with rosini”.

DONE. He didn’t have to say anything more! Inspired by Ferdi, I took what we had and made our version.

Ferdi uses rosini but we had some Israeli Cous Cous to use up. Anything that can capture any juices are a must in my book! Use whatever you have in your pantry .

If you don’t know what to make for dinner, think back on stand out dinners from vacations you loved & let it inspire what you make! It doesn’t have to be exact at all but it’s a small moment of happiness at home to truly savor on… pun absolutely intended!!

happy cooking & taste traveling <3

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Ferdi-inspired meatballs!

easy meatballs inspired by our favorite cafe in Paris!


as far as ingredients, I always eyeball as I cook for two. Make everything to your liking! If you ever have any specific questions, just let me know. 

  • Author: Shannon Silver Schuchard
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


  • ground meat {any! we used 85% lean ground beef}
  • parmesan cheese
  • parsley
  • kale
  • sea salt
  • cracked black pepper
  • chile flake
  • olive oil
  • lemon
  • liquid: water / wine / broth { i like vegetable }


  1. In a large glass mixing bowl, add ground meat, parsley, kale, parmesan cheese, olive oil, sea salt, chile flakes, & squeeze of half a lemon. Mix with your hands until combined.
  2. Using a skillet, heat oil over medium- heat. Add the meatballs & sear the sides, ~2 mins per side.
  3. Squeeze other half of lemon {or add wine!}, add a  lower heat to low, cover & continue to cook, ~10 mins. Uncover, and continue to cook
  4. Serve over pearl couscous, orzo, or any grain really!


Also delicious with zoodles!

To make vegetarian, cook lentils & whiz in a blender or food processor with some vegetable broth, a kiss of apple cider vinegar, & garlic clove to a “falafel” like paste. Use that in lieu of the ground beef.

when using wine, I like to use a splash of whatever I plan on drinking with it that evening! Fun because you can go red or white… anything works!

I used parsley & kale because it’s what I had on hand but you can use literally any greens and any herbs! Go crazy!!


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