Smoked Oyster Surprises

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Cooking for Christmas

Cooking for Christmas

By Josceline Dimbleby

Published 1978

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You can serve these stuffed pork meatballs at a pre-Christmas supper for six, accompanied by vegetables or simply by bread and salad, but I like them best as a snack if friends come over for a drink, in which case they would serve about ten people. If you want to make them ahead, they also taste good eaten cold.


  • lb (625 g) lean minced pork
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1-inch (2.5 cm) piece of fresh ginger
  • 2 rounded teaspoons (2 x 5 ml rounded spoons) whole-seed mustard
  • oz (105 g) can of smoked oysters
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml spoon) sunflower oil
  • salt, black pepper


Put the minced pork into a bowl. Peel the garlic and ginger, chop them together finely and then mix them into the pork, with the mustard, a sprinkling of salt and a generous grinding of black pepper. Drain the oysters, reserving the oil. Take up small handfuls of the pork mixture and flatten them out into circles like little hamburgers. Place a smoked oyster in the centre and wrap the meat up round the oyster to enclose it. Form into a ball.

Continue like this until the meat is used up and then smear the oil from the oyster can over the meatballs. Heat the sunflower oil in a large frying-pan over a medium heat. Fry the meatballs for about 15 minutes, turning them gently, until they are browned all over.