Swedish meatballs, stars of 1960s-era cocktail parties and IKEA shopping trips, are, on the surface, pretty simple: a mix of pork and beef that's lightly spiced and served with a rich gravy. Getting them just right, though, requires some fine-tuned tinkering. Here's our ultimate version, as good on a plate with buttery potatoes and lingonberry jam as speared on a toothpick.
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Lightly seasoned chicken meatballs are threaded onto skewers, grilled, and finished with a sweet and salty tare sauce.
A sacred Italian-American institution, Sunday gravy is a meat-forward, all-day-simmered dish with as many recipes as there are Italian families who make it. My version incorporates flank steak braciole, Italian sausage, tender meatballs, and pork ribs along with onions, carrots, celery, and garlic, all simmered together in a rich red sauce.
So many readers asked for my husband Joe Cleffie's meatball recipe that we had to oblige. With a few small tweaks made for foolproofing and streamlining, we're proud to present it here. This isn't the most complicated meatball recipe around—quite the opposite in fact. Our goal here is a recipe that anyone can make, no practice required, and get great results out of. I hope it inspires a thousand dinners in communities worldwide.
This vindaloo is made with pork meatballs, an array of peppers, juicy tomatoes, and a finishing sprinkle of cilantro. Serve it with pearl couscous, which stands up nicely to the bold sauce.
Slow cooker Italian sausage meatballs are served in a long-simmered sauce that gets its depth from dry red wine and balsamic vinegar.
A hearty escarole soup made with Parmesan rinds and bay leaves, with plenty of tender, cheese- and nutmeg-flavored mini chicken meatballs.
The simplicity of the MOINK ball—an all-beef meatball wrapped in bacon and grilled or smoked—is part of the attraction. Here, we take it up a notch with our very own homemade mix.
Meatballs don't always evoke thoughts of a quick, satisfying meal, but these ones should: no milk-soaked breadcrumbs, searing, or homemade tomato sauce necessary. Crumbled feta and one egg add plenty of moisture and flavor to ground chicken and quick-sautéed spinach, flavored simply with paprika and salt.
These chicken meatballs are designed to be stuffed inside matzo balls, but they're also good to eat on their own once you simmer them in chicken soup.
Make this awesome canned soup at home—even down to the bouncy meatballs.
For a lighter meatball that won't weigh you down, chicken is the perfect choice. Flavored with Parmesan and herbs, these tender meatballs stay moist with a little help from gelatin.