Here's a look at some of our favorite meteballs, with and without meat! We do love meatballs. A good meatball can be your guests' favorite party appetizer. It can be a hearty dinner. It can be a light vegetarian supper. It can showcase really good meat. It can be filled with fresh garden spinach or potatoes. It can be made with gooey cheese or deep fried. Meatballs also store very well; make a big batch and freeze them for two hours on a cookie sheet, then dump them into a bag and squirrel away in the back of your fridge for emergency suppers.
Meat-centered meatballs are usually made primarily with ground meat — beef, turkey, chicken, lamb. Usually you add an egg as a binder, along with some herbs and spices. Breadcrumbs sometimes find their way in as well. One of my favorite meatball recipes involves ground lamb, a great quantity of warm spices, cilantro, and crushed almonds. Here are a few meatballs that we enjoy.
• The New Meatball (pictured above), with recipes for Chipotle-Braised Duck Meatballs and Pesto Sliders.
• Spanish Meatballs - A version of tapas favorite albondigas, with veal and pork.
• Turkey Meatballs Over Greens - A healthier alternative to spaghetti and meatballs.
• Mini Lamb Burgers - An aromatic mix of lamb and spices.
• Malai Kofta (pictured above) A delicious blend of cheese, potatoes, onions, and spices.
• Paneer Koftas (also pictured above) Cheese dumplings in a creamy saffron sauce.
• Parmesan Spinach Balls - Great appetizer or light dinner.
• Really delicious-looking tofu balls at Flickr, with recipe attached.
What's your favorite way of making "mete"balls, and what do you like to put in them?
(Images: Jim Franco for Metropolitan Home; Sia of Monsoon Spice)