Want to know how to keep meatballs from falling apart, how to keep them moist, and the best mince to use for meatballs?
Follow our masterclass guide to meatballs, and get one meatball recipe that turns into 3 dinner ideas.
Something magic happens when you roll mince into bite-sized balls and cook it in sauce, Italian-style. Juicy, flavourful, and oh-so-satisfying... ahh, meatballs. Once you know the basics, making them is easy, but there are a few questions home cooks commonly ask, like, "Why are my meatballs dry?" and "How do I keep meatballs from falling apart?".
Try this one meatball recipe that can be made into three dinner ideas, and follow our expert tips to create juicy, tasty meatballs with just the right texture.
This one easy and tasty Italian meatball recipe can be made into three fantastic dinner ideas, see all the recipes below.
500 g pork and veal mince (see tip)
125 g (1 cup) Perfect Italiano Parmesan Grated
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 egg, lightly beaten
¼ cup dried (packaged) breadcrumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
Salt and pepper, to taste
Place mince, 1/2 cup (60 g) of the parmesan, the garlic, egg and breadcrumbs in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper and mix well to combine. Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls.
Get the recipe: One-pan Meatball Parmigiana
One of the easiest ways to prepare your meatballs, all in one pan and only takes 40 minutes. Serve these meatballs with salad and garlic bread, and ladle leftovers (if there are any) into a sub sandwich.
Get the recipe: Italian Meatball Pasta Bake
A different want to enjoy your traditional Italian meatballs is in a hearty pasta bake. Curls of pasta with flavourful tomato sauce and tasty meatballs is an easy way to feed a hungry hoard.
Get the recipe: Perfect Pizza Dough
If your meatballs are dry, it's most likely because the meat is too lean. The right fat content will make your meatballs juicier and tastier, so don't be afraid to use standard mince rather than lean mince.
Overcooking may also be the culprit. Meatballs don't take long to cook, so it's best to follow the cooking times in the recipe.
Meatballs can become tough when they are overworked. Avoid overmixing your meatball mixture, it's best to use clean hands to gently incorporate all the ingredients together until just combined. Ingredients like cheese and breadcrumbs also play a key role in keeping your meatballs nice and tender.
You've got to start with good ingredients, and with meatballs, it's all about the mince. Italian meatballs are generally made using a combination of pork and veal mince. This combination of mince meats gives meatballs a great authentic Italian flavour and also helps to keep the meatballs juicy.
You can get pork and veal mince from the supermarket. It is sometimes labelled as pork and beef mince. If you can't find it combined, you can buy the mince meats separately and mix them together.
There are a few tricks and tips that can help you bind your meatballs so that they stay intact:
Other ideas that go well with meatballs are:
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