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)
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 meats....it's veal, pork and beef....and I add my own seasonings and cheese.
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.
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.
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....