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Making tasty, juicy meatballs requires a balanced selection of ingredients that contribute to both the

flavor and texture of the dish. Here is a versatile meatball recipe that can be adapted to different

cuisines by modifying the spices and herbs. This basic recipe serves as a base for Italian, Swedish or

even Asian meatballs, depending on your preference and the accompanying sauce.


Basic Ingredients for Meatballs

• 1 pound (450 g) ground meat (beef, pork, turkey, chicken or a mix)

• 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

• 1/4 cup milk

• 1 large egg

• 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional for Italian style)


• 1 small onion, finely chopped

• 2 cloves garlic, chopped

• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (or 1 teaspoon dried)

• Salt and pepper flavor

• 1 teaspoon dried oregano or basil (optional for Italian style)


• 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional for Swedish style)

• 1 tablespoon soy sauce (optional for Asian style)

• 1 teaspoon ground ginger (optional for Asian style)


Preheat the oven: Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) when baking the meatballs. You can skip this step

when frying.


Soak the breadcrumbs: In a large bowl, soak the breadcrumbs in the milk for about 5 minutes or until

the milk is absorbed. This process, called breading, helps keep the meatballs tender.

Mix Ingredients: In the same bowl, add ground beef, egg, Parmesan cheese (if using), onion, garlic,

parsley, salt, pepper, and any other herbs or spices you add.Mix everything carefully with your hands

or a fork. Be careful not to over mix as this can make the meatballs tougher. Form

meatballs: Form the mixture into balls about 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter. To prevent the mixture from

sticking to your hands, you can moisten them with water or a little oil.Cooking: Place the baked

meatballs on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown

and cooked through. To make the fried meatballs, heat some oil in a skillet over medium-high heat


and fry the meatballs, turning occasionally, until evenly browned and cooked through.

Serve: Serve the meatballs with your choice of sauce and pasta, mashed potatoes or as an appetizer

with dipping sauces.


Ground Beef: Using a mixture of meats (e.g. beef and pork) can add depth to the flavor. The pork adds

fat, making the meatballs juicier.

Breadcrumbs: For a gluten-free version, you can replace the breadcrumbs with oatmeal or almond


Serving tip: Adjust the herbs and spices to suit the cuisine of the accompanying dish or sauce. For

example, add Italian herbs for a classic marinara sauce or add soy sauce and ginger for an Asian-

inspired dish.This basic meatball recipe is just the starting point for countless variations. Experiment

with different herbs, spices and blends to create a dish that perfectly suits your tastes. Enjoy your

culinary adventure!

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