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Mar 30, 2012 04:58 PM

Meatballs with ground beef, ground spicy pork, and ground sweet Italian pork - am I nuts?

I'm about to whip up a batch of meatballs (something I do not do often) and I thought it would be interesting to combine the above 3 meats - and now I'm wondering if I am just nuts.

I was planning to use a epicurious recipe for meatballs with parsley and parmesan and figured the addition of the pork would be an extra kick. I wasn't planning to use both kinds, but ended up picking both up at the store ... and now I'm wondering if that combo will be a little over the top (in a bad way)


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  1. Why would that be nuts?

    I think it would be wonderful.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      I was second guessing it - wasn't sure if the sweet + hot combo would end up tasting gross and if I should just stick with one of the pork options vs. two....

      1. Based on a recommendation from a poster on an old thread....probably one on Sunday Gravy.....she suggested the inclusion sausage meat for a great meatball. I tried it and did not care for it myself....I found the mix to resemble more of a sausage taste and texture than a true meatball....where the ground meat is finer.

        When I combine three's veal, pork and beef....and I add my own seasonings and cheese.

        1. my meatballs are almost always a mix of ground beef and ground pork. however, i have never purchased flavored ground pork? i prefer to season meatballs myself.

          are they the same texture as the ground beef, or more sausagey? if the latter, i wouldn't use them all together.

          1. So how did they come out?

            You're referring to pork right and not sausage? One time I combined ground beef and Italian sausage and found the meatballs came out overpoweringly like sausage, which wasn't what I was hoping for. I think the sausage would have been better on its own rather than made into a meatball. But yours might come out fine.

            That said, I love, love, love meatballs and still can't make great ones. I have tried countless recipes. If I could only watch someone's Italian Nonna make a batch.

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            1. re: TrishUntrapped

              After all that thinking, I didn't end up making them! I announced my grand plan and the dear husband proclaimed he didn't want meatballs for dinner (say what?!) ;) I still have the ground pork - the package does say 'pork' - but the way it looks is more like the insides of sausage....

              1. re: The Oracle

                the ground pork that i use for meatballs has the same appearance and texture as ground beef, just lighter in color.

                i'd make scotch eggs with your stuff.