Want a simple, cheap and tasty dinner idea? Then you can’t go past meatballs!
Meatballs are actually really budget friendly because minced (also called ground) meat is usually fairly cheap anywhere around the world that you buy it. And it’s also pretty easy to make your own by throwing some meat into a food processor. Besides that, you can also make a small amount of minced meat stretch a fair way, depending on what else you put into the recipe.
The really great thing about meatballs is that you can easily interchange the type of meat specified in the recipe with other meat types. For instance, a minced beef recipe will work if you change it to minced lamb, minced pork, minced chicken or turkey mince. And it’s also pretty easy to change in a veggie version of ‘meatballs’ for the meat too – I often make my veggie balls out of chickpeas or a can of beans and add the same flavourings. If you want some ideas for how to make the below meatball recipes more veggie friendly, take a look at my fritters post for some veggie recipes that can be turned into ‘meatballs’.
Another benefit to their versatility is that you can make mini meatballs, make large meatballs (sometimes called rissoles) or use the same mix to form patties or fritters. One recipe, 4 different ways? What’s not to love? And for someone just starting out who needs a few simple recipes and wants to know them well, pay attention to today’s post because meatballs could become that signature dish.
Easy to make
Meatballs are really easy to make because you basically mix the ingredients together and then form it into balls. For mini meatballs I use about 1 teaspoon (tsp) of mix. For large meatballs I use about 1 tablespoon (tbs) of mix wheres for patties I use about 2-3 tbs or 1/2 cup of the mix.
Tip for making the best meatballs: Have slightly wet hands when you’re rolling meatballs. It helps them stick together better and keeps the gunk from your hands. Place meatballs in the fridge or freezer (on a plate) until you’re ready to cook them (20 mins max in the freezer). It helps the meatballs to keep their shape so they become easier to cook – it works especially well for veggie meatballs. You can also freeze them one you’ve cooked them and keep them handy for fast dinner or simple lunches another day.
Meatballs 10 Ways
Once you’ve learnt how to make basic meatballs, why not mix things up a bit and try meatballs in some interesting ways? Here are 10 ways with meatballs that you might not have thought would work but do! Enjoy!
Plus, if you’re not convinced about meatballs here’s another 15 veggie ‘meatball’ recipes you can make from Oh My Veggies if you want to try something different.
And if you’re really hankering for meatballs you can visit The Meatball and Wine Bar in Melbourne too.
So, what kind of meatballs do you like? What are the best meatballs you’ve ever tasted?
I’ve specifically chosen recipes from Taste.com.au for this post. I have no affiliation with Taste.com.au but wanted to share easy recipes that include ingredients readily available from the supermarket. Plenty of other websites also include meatball recipes so if these recipes have excited you you’ll be able to find plenty more through Google.