Meatballs are a classic and versatile dish that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Whether served in a hearty tomato sauce with spaghetti or served on their own as an appetizer, meatballs are a comforting and satisfying meal. Making your own meatballs at home is easy and allows you to customize the ingredients and flavors to your liking. In this guide, we will walk you through how to make delicious and flavorful meatballs that are sure to be a hit with your family and friends.
To make meatballs, you will need ground meat (beef, pork, or a combination), bread crumbs, egg, grated Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley. First, in a large mixing bowl, combine the meat, bread crumbs, egg, Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley. Use your hands to mix everything together until well combined.
Next, shape the mixture into small balls, about 1-2 inches in diameter. You can use a cookie scoop or spoon to make the meatballs more uniform in size. Heat some oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the meatballs in batches and cook until browned on all sides, turning frequently.
Finally, transfer the cooked meatballs to a serving dish and top with your favorite sauce, such as marinara, barbecue, or gravy. You can also use the meatballs in other dishes, such as spaghetti and meatballs, meatball subs, or Swedish meatballs.
Here’s a guide on how to make meatballs:
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, milk, egg, minced garlic, chopped onion, parsley, salt, and black pepper.
- Mix well until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.
- Using your hands, shape the mixture into 1-inch balls. You should be able to make about 24 meatballs from this recipe.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add a little oil to coat the bottom.
- Once the oil is hot, add the meatballs in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan.
- Cook the meatballs for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until browned and cooked through.
- Remove the meatballs from the skillet and transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
- Serve the meatballs hot with your favorite sauce or use them in a recipe, such as spaghetti and meatballs.
Enjoy your homemade meatballs!