Beef and Chorizo Meatballs, Egg, Basil – Your Perfect Brunch for One or Many

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Cooking for one should not be sad or viewed as such. It is the ultimate in self care. Quiet time as the day begins, and something gorgeous to eat at the end. You are looking after yourself and making yourself something good to eat, how can anyone view that as sad? Food is not just social, it is nourishing, and that is what we should focus on. Nourishing ourselves, mind, body and soul.

Cooking for One is a Joy and the Ultimate in Self Care 

Of course, I love to cook for others too but I live in a small London flat with a small kitchen and no communal dining table. Typical (I think!) for many of us urban dwellers. When I see my friends we eat elsewhere. (I look forward to a time in my life when I can gather them around my kitchen table and serve big platters of food designed for sharing). For now, I cook often for one, and sometimes when my flatmate is around, for two. Mostly for one though.

I cook for myself mostly it in an efficient way. I will prepare something that will work in different ways in different meals. This beef and chorizo meatball mix was also a patty, it could be a kebab. It can be a dumpling in soup (by adding more breadcrumbs), it can be filling in a dumpling (leave the breadcrumbs out, add loads of shredded cabbage). Versatility is key, I don’t want to eat the same thing every day. 

Brunch for One – Beef and Chorizo Meatballs in Tomato Sauce with a Gorgeous Egg

Beef and chorizo has been a favourite combination this summer (have you made the Squid Stuffed with Beef & Chorizo yet?!). Here it meets end of season tomatoes and basil from the garden and a gorgeous egg cooked until the white is set and the yolk is still soft. It would be neglectful not to have good bread to embrace that yolk. 

If you ever feel that it is sad to cook for one, promise me that you will shake that off. It is a pleasure. Embrace it and be kind to yourself, eat well. 

Side note: If you cook for one a lot – and I do – get yourself a dinky frying pan like the one I have here too. Perfect for small meals for one, I use it almost every day. It also makes the perfect 2 egg omelette (it is a 7inch pan FYI).

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Beef and Chorizo Meatballs, Egg, Basil – Your Perfect Brunch
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Beef and Chorizo Meatballs, Egg, Basil – Your Perfect Brunch


  • serves one - multiply as appropriate
  • 200g minced beef
  • 100g chorizo (from a ring of chorizo, or even better cooking chorizo)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp spanish paprika
  • 25g breadcrumbs with enough milk or milk substitute to cover them (just - we just want to soften them)
  • 1 egg
  • 6 basil leaves
  • bread of your choice


  • In your food processor or with a blender blitz the garlic first then add the other ingredients and pulse them. You can do this by hand, but chop the chorizo really small and knead the meat for a couple of minutes. Fry a spoonful to check the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  • Shape into small meatballs and fry them in a little oil or butter until brown all over, add another finely chopped clove of garlic and the flesh of one peeled beef tomato (I will never tell you to do anything just for the sake of it, trust me, the skin of the tomato in this dish is just really annoying and will get stuck in your teeth). Cook for 10 minutes stirring and moving the meatballs around occasionally.
  • Crack an egg in and season it, cover with a lid and when that is cooked as you like it you are good to go.
  • For those of you that are dairy free, do make sure that your chorizo has no dairy in it, some do!



    Written by Niamh
    Cooking and travelling, and sharing it all with you.