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Oct 23, 2007 03:20 PM

How do you cook your meatballs?

Do you cook your meatballs in the sauce or fry and add them to the sauce? My daughter wanted me to make spagetti and meatballs for dinner. I think I like them best if they are cooked in the sauce but thought I'd hear from others about their techniques.

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  1. I haven't made them too many times, but when I have, I have seared them then let them cook a little, then put them in the sauce to finish.

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    1. re: rgfoodie

      That's what I do. Sear the outsides and finish in the sauce.

    2. I roast meatballs in the oven, turning them a couple of times. I have broiled them too.

      I like the browning effect.

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      1. re: Alan408

        I haven't oven-cooked them in a while. Thanks for the reminder.

        I grew up in an Italian home, and had lots of aunts and cousins, and Grandma too. Never saw meatballs done anyway but fried first in olive oil, and placed in simmering tomato sauce.

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        1. re: JOJOGIRL

          I'll bet that gives them a great texture on the outside, and in.

        2. my mother always fried them and added them to the sauce afterwards. When my husband and I were dating I went and had dinner w/ his family and saw his mother rolling balls of beef, sprinkling them w/ Lawry's seasoning and then plopping them into a pot of bottled sauce. I nearly fell over and I was certain my Italian mother was rolling in her grave! Nowadays, however, I cook them in the oven and they are just as good as fried in oil. I then add them to my sauce!

          1. My mom was Italian too and never fried her meatballs first, she just cooked them in the sauce.

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              1. re: LARaven

                Yeah well there's nothing Italian about Lowry's seasoning salt and a pot of Ragu sauce (shiver). The thought still makes me cringe... I couldn't eat them

                Side note: There is a wonderful Sicillian meatball recipe on Epicurious. It uses italian sausage, currants & pine nuts in addition to the usual ingredients. They are baked in the oven and then added to your sauce (gravy). Soooooo good!!!!