That’s right, meatballs have their own holiday, and you won’t hear any complaints from us! In our opinion, they are one of the most versatile, easy, and crowd-pleasing foods. From slow-cooker Italian meatballs to lightened-up Thai chicken meatballs, we’re having a ball with these recipes!
Ground chicken or turkey is combined with multiple cheeses and a spicy sauce to create a unique twist on the classic chicken wing flavor, even accompanied by celery sticks and a blue cheese crumble! These balls from I Breathe I’m Hungry are keto-friendly and gluten-free on top of being a mess- and bone-free way to enjoy one of America’s favorite bar appys. Get creative by trying your own sauces or dry rubs to make this dish your own!
Authentic Mexican Meatballs
When it comes to Mexican cuisine, meatballs may not be an item that automatically comes to mind, but these albondigas from My Latina Table may make you rethink that! Made with beef and pork and cooked in a sumptuous tomato-chipotle salsa along with carrots and squash, this dish is a wonderful comfort food with a south-of-the-border feel.
Greek Meatball Pitas with Feta
Served with cucumber and tomato and topped with feta cheese crumbles, these lamb meatballs—kofta in Greek—from Real Simple are seasoned with onion, cumin, mint, and garlic. And if that’s not enough flavor for you, the whole thing is topped with a lemony mint and yogurt sauce. Opa!
Goya Beef and Bacon Meatballs
These mouthwatering meatballs made with beef and chopped bacon are simmered in a sweet and tangy sauce combining pico de gallo, ketchup, and Goya’s guava jelly. This twist on a classic is guaranteed to be a hit at your next gathering!
Chicken Meatball Lettuce Wraps
The secret to these healthy meatballs is using ground dark meat chicken instead of white, which helps them stay extra-moist in the oven. A zesty nuoc cham, a Vietnamese dressing of fresh lime juice and savory fish sauce, is used to both flavor the meatballs and drizzle over the lettuce wraps.
Buttery Slow-Cooker Meatballs
These hands-off slow-cooker meatballs require no searing, roasting, or stirring, making them a great make-ahead dinner for busy weeknights and an excellent recipe to have in your back pocket for house guests. The meatballs use a combination of beef and loose Italian sausage for a seasoning shortcut—the ground fennel is so good with the Parmesan and fresh lemon zest. The meatballs simmer away in an easy tomato sauce inspired by Marcella Hazan’s iconic recipe.
Cheesy Turkey Skillet Meatballs
These ultra-cheesy, super-flavorful ground turkey meatballs are both stuffed with cheese and topped with it before baking. The meatballs simmer in marinara sauce (jarred is fine here!), making this recipe a superb dinner choice for any busy weeknight.
Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs
Who doesn’t love a good Swedish meatball? This version from Damn Delicious is creamy, savory, super tender and it comes together quickly in the Instant Pot!
3-Ingredient Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs
According to Tablespoon, there are two rules for a really good meatball: It needs to be super tender, and it needs to be coated in a silky sauce. These sweet-and-sour cocktail meatballs require only three ingredients, meaning you can throw them together with very little effort. Plus, they cook undisturbed in your slow cooker so you can go about your day until it’s party time.
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