How To Make Meatballs

A food that has found its way into diverse cultures across the world must be good. Meatballs are enjoyed everywhere from Sweden to Vietnam. Although the styles may differ, the basic concept is the same. Meatballs are also popular in American cuisine, and most home cooks have made one or two in their day. This basic dish is made from ground meat and seasonings rolled into small spheres and cooked. Meatball recipes typically include ground meat, and binding agents like breadcrumbs and eggs, along with spices. The variations available for meatballs are endless. You can bake, fry, steam or braise meatballs, and the options for flavoring are open to interpretation. You can use any type of meat you desire – or even go for a vegetarian alternative. Meatballs are a fun addition to a variety of dishes. Try adding meatballs to sandwiches, pasta, in soups or serving them on their own as an appetizer. While many families have their own coveted recipe, it is not difficult to find a delicious recipe in any cookbook. In this video, Chef Mark gives an online cooking lesson on how to cook meatballs. For more great cooking demonstration videos, subscribe to the LearnToCookOnline YouTube channel.

Meatballs Recipe

1-1/2 lbs. 75/25 ground chuck (alternately sub 4 oz of beef with ground Pork for a moister product)
3 ea. minced garlic cloves
¾ -1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
3 whole eggs
4 sprigs of chopped parsley
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

1. Turn on oven to 350oF. Lightly oil a cookie sheet pan with olive oil, and place it in the oven while preheating.
2. In a bowl, mix together the ground beef, egg, and bread crumbs using your hands. DO NOT OVER Mix as this will result in a tough meatball. Add the remaining ingredients.
3. Shape meatballs into golf ball, do not compact them. Place meatballs about 1 inch apart in the warmed sheet pan. Press down to flatten the bottom just slightly.
4. Bake for 15 minutes in the oven, then turn them over, and continue baking for about 5 more minutes, or until it develops a somewhat crisp exterior.
5. Alternately add them raw to a tomato sauce to increase flavor and moistness, and allow them to simmer until cooked all the way through.

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