Today, on March 9, its Meatball Day and we recognize and celebrate one of the greatest forms of food ever to grace our humble plates, the delightful Meatball. We cannot be quite sure when this day actually started. But, we’re all for celebrating food, especially meatballs.
What do I do on Meatball Day?
There a really a hundred different ways you can celebrate the meatball and here are a few of our top choices:
- Meatballs and spaghetti
- Swedish Meatballs
- A Meatball sub
- Meatballs on a pizza
- Porcupine Meatballs
The Largest Ever Meatball
The biggest ever meatball made weighed in at 1 100 pounds, that’s an astounding 500kg! The Guinness Book of Worlds records holder was almost five times heavier than its predecessor. It took a full three days to bake and was created by the Columbus Italian Club.
The Meat Ball Culture
Almost every culture in the world has its own form of the Meatball and therefore should celebrate Meatball Day. In Sweden they’re called Kottullar, in Spain, they’re called Albondigas and in Greece, they’re called Keftedes. The humble meatball can also be made from beef, lamb, chicken or pork.
Making the perfect meatball
It is a well-known fact that you simply cannot stop with just one meatball. The perfect meatball should be hearty and ooze with goodness in every bite. The perfect meatball is a true culinary delight. Our meatball recipe is the perfect combination of technique and tradition. The delicious meatball can be cooked with a sauce or on their own.
- The Blend
We prefer a combination of beef and pork in a ratio of 80/20. You can easily substitute the pork for veal to give the meatballs a more rich flavour.
- Adding Bread and Eggs
The addition of bread and eggs does not only offer moisture but also binds the mixture together.
- A Dash of Cheese
Parmesan cheese added to your meatballs will add a lot of nutty, rich flavour. We recommend that you use ground parmesan as opposed to grated. This will ensure an even distribution of cheese.
- Herbs, Herbs, Herbs
Herbs will make or break you meatballs. Use chopped Parsley or basil to add a flavourful element to your meatballs.
- Hands are best
Use your hands to squeeze and mince the meat and ingredients together. Be careful to not over mix your meatballs as this could result in tough balls.
- Size really does matter
If you are planning serving your meatballs alone, they should be bigger. Golf ball sized balls work great for pastas. Before shaping your meatballs it’s a great idea to coat your hands lightly in olive oil.