Homemade Meatballs 

 Originally Written: June 9, 2009

By  Hanna Trafford

Homemade Meatballs

Just like it is nice to have a variety of pastas or any other dishes, it’s also good to have a variety of recipes for meatballs – here are five for you – hope you enjoy them!

The directions are the same for all varieties – the ingredients are listed below:


In a large bowl,combine 2/3 cup of fresh bread crumbs with 1/2 cup of water. let stand until absorbed – about 5 minutes. Beat in 1 egg; 1 clove of garlic (minced), 1/2 teaspoon of each salt and pepper.

Mix in 1 lb. of fresh ground beef and seasoning fro the recipe you are using. Roll by tablespoon into balls.

Brush non-stick skillet with vegetable oil, hear over medium heat. Brown meatballs, in batches – for about 5 minutes. Transfer meatballs into a bowl. Drain fat from pan,add garlic and one finely chopped onion. Cook over medium heat, stirring often for about 3 minutes. Add sauce ingredients and simmer slowly, stirring often – for about 25 minutes.

Return meatballs and any accumulated juices to pan, simmer, turning meatballs occassionally until no longer pink inside and the sauce is thickened – about 20 minutes.

Meatball Ingredients:

1. Classic Italian Meatballs:

Add-Ins: 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, 1/.4 cup of fresh chopper parsley

Sauce Ingredients: 1 can 28 oz.) of diced tomatoes, i cup of beef stock, 1 zucchini (grated), 1/2 teaspoon of each dried basil and oregano

Serve with: Pasta sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese

2. Goulash Meatballs:

Add-Ins: 1 tablespoon of paprika, 1 tablespoon of tomato paste

Sauce ingredients: 4 cups of sliced mushrooms, 2 cups of beef stock, 1 cup of water, 1/4 cup of tomato paste, 1 tablespoons of paprika, 2 tablespoons of sherry (optional)

Serve with: Noodles, top with sour cream

3. Mexican Fiesta Meatballs:

Add-Inns: 1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and minced), 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano

Sauce Ingredients: 1 can of stewed tomatoes, 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of salsa, 1 sweet green pepper (chopped), 1 teaspoon of chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano

Serve with: Rice, sprinkle with shredded cheese (Monterrey jack or Cheddar works well)

4. Saucy Barbecue Meatballs:

Add-Inns:1/4 cup of fresh chopped parsley, 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce

Sauce Ingredients: 1 can of ground tomatoes, 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar, 1/4 cup of cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon each of Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce, dash of hot pepper sauce.

Serve with: Baked potatoes, sprinkle with chopped parley

5. Coconut Curry Meatballs:

Add-Inns: 1/4 cup of fresh chopped coriander, 2 tablespoons of minced ginger root

Sauce ingredients: 1 can of coconut milk, 1 cup of chicken stock, 2 tablespoons of lime juice, 1 sweet red pepper (chopped), 1 tablespoon of red or yellow mild Thai or Indian curry paste

Serve with: Egg noodles, sprinkle with coriander

Try these and let me know how they urned out for you! And if you have any additional recipes for meatballs, please let me know, I will gladly add them!


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Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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  • Man, my grandmother was from Sicily and she made the most amazing meatballs I ever tasted, like you had died and gone to meatball heaven. Sadly, she didnt leave a single recipe for us so I’ve been trying to work it out by myself… slowly working my through the meatball recipes here, I still cant figure out what her secret ingredient was though!!!

    • That happens quite a bit – my grandmother and my mothers also had family recipes they didn’t write down – I have made an honest effort to write pretty much everything I cook down – if you figure out your grandmother’s recipe, please share it! And if you try some of my recipes, let me know how they turned out!

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