Serve these spicy meatball appetizers just to hear all the YUMS!! coming from your guests in between bites. Have recipe cards ready or let them know you found the recipe here.
These homemade meatballs are also great tucked into a french roll for a meatball sandwich.
Tips for Making Homemade Meatballs
You don't really need a recipe, just follow a few simple tips for great homemade meatballs
Select the right meats
Use a fattier meat beef or pork for more tender meatballs. Leans meats ground turkey can be easily overcooked and can become dry. Try using use a blend of different kinds of ground meats for a deeper more complex flavor
Work with chilled ingredients
Mix the meatballs in a chilled bowl to keep everything on the cooler side.
Add some moisture
Add binders like eggs and bread crumbs mixed with a little milk to add moisture for moist and tender meatballs.
Do a taste test
Cook up a tiny bit of the meatball mixture in the skillet and do a little taste test if there enough seasoning. You don’t want to cook everything up and find out there’s no flavor! Add more spices or herbs if needed.
Don’t overwork the meatballs
Mix just enough to incorporate all the ingredients and when forming the balls don’t pack them tight otherwise you’ll end up with tough balls.
Cooking the meatballs
Use an ice cream or cookie scoop to portion out on the meatballs so they cook up evenly. Never fry up the meatballs, instead bake or broil.
A quick alternative to homemade
If you don't have the time to make the meatballs from scratch then you can always use frozen homestyle or spicy meatballs. For an office potluck lunch I have taken the frozen meatballs and sauce to work, then plugged in the slow cooker in the morning and by lunch my potluck dish is ready.
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