Meatballs come in two fundamental preparations. My fried meatballs take a tincy bit more effort, but they pack a massive flavor punch.
Fried Meatballs Made Easy
I think the recipe above is enough, however, sometimes it helps to see things broken down a little bit further.
- First, preheat the oil to 350°F (177°C) and the oven to 400°F (205°C).
Preheating your cooking surfaces takes a little time, so the first step in almost EVERY recipe involves preheating something.
- Then, combine all ingredients in a large bowl, and mix it well by hand.
For some reason, you can always find some weird satisfaction from taking the raw ingredients and shaping them into the mixture you use to make such delicious meatballs. Essentially, avoid the temptation to try and use a spoon, you can mix so much better with your hands.
- Next, divide the mixture into tablespoon sized balls and…
I bought this super handy little scooper from Target. It makes making cookies so much easier (Crystal thinks so too), but it also works for making perfectly portioned meatballs.
- …roll them with your hands.
Using your hands a lot really does make this process fun. In this case, you take the tablespoon sized globs, and make them into perfect little spheres.
- Now, fry them in the oil just enough to gently sear the outside, using a spoon or tongs to rotate them.
As a word of warning, if you try and do this roughly, the meatballs will fall apart. At this stage, you still need to treat them gently, and take care as you roll them around in the hot oil. Another tip: Boiling Oil hurts if you splash it.
- Finish them up in the oven for fifteen minutes, or until they reach 165°F (74°C).
The entire meatball should actually turn the darker color you see above. This particular picture shows one of my experimental fries. You should ensure the entire meatball fries, and not just one side. Once you cook them, they’ll darken either way.
Meatball Serving Suggestions
You can serve these delicious little balls so many ways!
- Add a tbsp of Italian Seasoning, and cook it into marinara to serve over your favorite pasta!
- Throw them into a stir fry with Teriyaki sauce and serve over rice for an amazing oriental dish.
- Simmer them into cream of mushroom soup, and serve over your favorite egg noodles for Swedish Meatballs.
Let me know your favorite way to prepare meatballs for your favorite dish!
I grew up in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, México, where people either owned cattle ranches or fruit orchards. Much of my work ethic came from working on Rancho La Mesa (my family’s ranch). That ranch also sparked what grew into my wild imagination. I read somewhere that you should write the story you want to read, and that stuck with me. My writing began in sixth grade, around the time I began learning to type.