OK, after I thought about the köttbullar, swedish meatballs, recipe in the Ikea cookbook and how it had a textural similarity to gnocchi, I decided to fake it today.
I had about a kilo of pot roast, I ground that with about 200 grams of bacon and 250 grams of stale bread. I added 300 grams of panko bread crumbs, one egg and two cups of buttermilk to this mixture to get the right sort of texture. I added Montreal steak spice, garlic powder and dry dill.
I formed 1.9 ounce meatballs and fried them in oil and butter. I used a low heat and browned them off. I then baked them.
They have a decent texture, though not the right flavour, thought that is not surprising given the spices I added. I am happy I have a feel for what they should be like in my hands. I am confident that I could make a decent meatball from now on.
I would provide a picture, but our camera was stolen in Manning Park and we need to wait for the insurance to pay out to get a new one.