How to Cook Meatballs

Meatballs are basically balls of ground meat that are seasoned or have breadcrumbs added to them. Meatballs may be eaten alone, or added to different pastas, sauces, and even sandwiches. The basic meatball is very easy to make, and many variations may be done to the recipe to make it more special.

You’ll need:

  • 1 kilo ground beef;
  • 1 large chopped onion (makes 1 cup);
  • 1/4 cup milk;
  • 1 large egg;
  • 1/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs;
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce;
  • salt and pepper;
  • vegetable or olive oil;
  • chopped garlic and herbs (optional); and
  • a baking/frying pan

 

How to Make Meatballs

 

  1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients together and mix by hand.
  2. Use a spoon to scoop the meat mixture. Form a meatball of your desired size by rolling it in your palm. Remember to clean your hands before and after handling meat.

 

Cooking the Meatballs

 

Oven:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Lightly grease a 9×13 inches baking pan. Arrange the meatballs in the pan and bake them for 20-25 minutes until they become golden brown.
  • Remove them from the baking pan, leaving oil or juices behind.

Pan/Skillet:

  • Heat a few tablespoons of oil (vegetable or olive oil) in a frying pan.
  • Drop the meatballs one by one and fry for 15-20 minutes at medium heat until they become brown. Make sure not to burn the meat.
  • Place the cooked meatballs in paper towels to drain off excess oil.
  • Serve hot or add them to any dish you like.

 

Tips for Cooking Better Meatballs

 

  • Try adding a piece of cheese in the middle of every meatball before cooking for an added surprise.
  • Lean beef tends to make the meatballs dry and bland, so use ground beef with a little fat.
  • You may use other seasonings and herbs to flavor your meatballs. Try adding grated parmesan, parsley, etc.
  • If you don’t like beef, you may substitute by using ground lamb, turkey meat, chicken, or fish.
  • Meatballs can be added to other recipes to make dishes like spaghetti with meatballs, meatball sandwiches, etc.

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