Meatballs 3 Ways

Meatballs 3 Ways

Liven up your next party with our 3 oh-so-delicious meatball recipes and sauce ideas.


The meatball is versatile. You need an appetizer? Whip up some of these and stick them on the table with a pile of toothpicks as people arrive (people can skewer their own meat – no need for you to do them all one by one).

Need a side dish? Each of these 3 options below pair well with some exciting international cuisines.

And, of course, any of them can be used as a main dish.

1. Indian Meatballs and Raita Sauce
Indian meatballs are called Koftas. These are highly flavored and have a little kick. The meatballs’ spiciness is balanced with a cool yogurt-cucumber sauce.

Serves: 10
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 5-7 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Cost: $ 

Ingredients

Meatballs:
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger, or 3/4 teaspoon dry ginger
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground fennel
1 small onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground beef

Sauce:
1 cup plain yogurt
3-inch section of cucumber, chopped (1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
1 clove garlic, minced

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the ginger, curry, salt, red pepper, cumin and fennel to combine. Add the onion and garlic, mixing to combine. Gently mix in ground beef just to combine
  2. Heat broiler and place oven rack 3 to 4 inches from heat source. Form rounded tablespoons into balls, about 1-inch in diameter; place on rimmed baking sheet
  3. Broil 4 inches from the heating element, turning once, until done – 6 to 7 minutes
  4. Sauce: In a bowl, mix the yogurt, cucumber, onion and garlic to combine. Serve with meatballs

2. Swedish Meatballs and Gravy
These are a delicious mixture of allspice-spiked meatballs served with a brown sauce and jelly. Traditionally, the jam is lingonberry, but cranberry is also scrumptious.

Serves: 15 (3 meatballs per serving)
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Cost: $$ 

Ingredients

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Meatballs:
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 pound ground beef or ground pork
1/2 pound ground pork

Sauce:
1 can (14.5 ounces) beef broth, divided
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons chopped onions
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Jelled cranberry sauce or lingonberry jam (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat broiler and place oven rack 3 to 4 inches from heat source. In medium pot on medium-high heat, melt butter. Add onion and cook 3 minutes, or until translucent. Add milk and bring to a simmer. Add bread crumbs, stir to combine and remove from heat to cool
  2. Whisk egg with salt, pepper and allspice. Add breadcrumb mixture and stir to combine. Add beef and pork and mix to combine. Form rounded tablespoons into balls, about 1-inch in diameter; place on rimmed baking sheet
  3. Cook meatballs about 4 inches from heating element until just cooked through, about 7 minutes

Sauce:

  1. Whisk 1/2 cup broth with the flour until smooth
  2. In a medium pot on medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and cook until golden brown, about 1 minute. Add the remaining broth, heavy cream, salt and pepper
  3. Bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes, or until thickened*
  4. Serve meatballs with brown sauce and, if desired, cranberry sauce

3. Asian Meatballs and Dipping Sauce
These Asian-inspired appetizers are a little pesky to roll into balls, but well worth it. Just be gentle. Alternatively, you could use ground pork, which is a little sturdier and easier to work with.

Serves: 10 (3 meatballs per serving)
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 7 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Cost: $$ 

Ingredients

Meatballs:
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 large egg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs, or unflavored breadcrumbs
1 1/2 scallions, green and white parts finely sliced (1/2 cup)
1 pound ground chicken

Sauce:
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, or 3/4 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk garlic, soy sauce, egg, ginger and sesame oil to combine. Add the breadcrumbs and scallions; mix to combine. Add the chicken and mix just to combine
  2. Heat broiler and place oven rack 3 to 4 inches from heat source. With slightly water-moistened hands, gently form mixture into balls, about 1-inch in diameter; place on rimmed baking sheet
  3. Broil, turning once, until done – 6 to 7 minutes
  4. Sauce: In a small pot over medium-high heat, melt the honey. In a small bowl, whisk the soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice, cornstarch and ginger to combine; add to honey. Stirring, bring mixture to a boil and cook 2 minutes. Cool and serve with meatballs

Do you have a special dish you serve at gatherings? Share your recipe in the comments section below!

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The Indian meatballs sound amazing! Thanks P&G everyday!

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