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Nov 4, 2012 06:14 AM

Not yo mama's meatballs - a different meatball thread

I'm not interested in the traditional, Italian-American version. I want to know what CHers do that's off the beaten path.

for instance, I make Sicilian-style meatballs with Italian sausage and they are traditional in many ways (i.e.milk-soaked bread, fresh parsley & garlic) but the addition of currants and pine nuts and Locatelli pecorino romano cheese makes them a little more interesting.

What do you do? Swedish style, lamb meatballs, curried meatballs - hit me with some delicious meatball recipes.

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    1. re: King of Northern Blvd

      I had not, but thanks!! Lidia Bastianich's Sausage & Fennel Meatballs w/ orange zest look ridiculously good. I must make these.

      1. re: King of Northern Blvd

        The Meatball Banh Mi recipe that I posted in this thread was awesome and definitely not your mama's meatballs (unless your mama is Vietnamese)!

      2. My 90 year-old, Italian-American mother-in-law adds pine nuts and Romano to her meatballs so I consider that pretty traditional.

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        1. re: escondido123

          I don't think most folks do pine nuts & currants ( the Locatelli perhaps). It's old school Sicilian but not generally what you think of as traditional Italian-American meatballs.

          @travelerjjm - Smoked meatballs sounds delicious!

          1. re: lynnlato

            Guess it all depends on where your Grandma is from.

            1. re: escondido123

              Or your father's parents, in my case!

        2. I love to smoke them! I make the recipe for smoked meatballs from Jeff Smith's Three Ancient Cuisines much of the time, but I have smoked more traditional ones, too. I use a stovetop smoker. A wok lined with foil works, too.

          1. I want to make these meatballs that I got at Costco last Holiday season. Chicken meatballs with cranberries and jalapenos. they are delicious.

            1. I sometimes make "surprise" meatballs. Each one is stuffed with something different inside. One will have an olive in the middle, one will have a piece of cheese, one will have broccoli, one will have a chunk of pickled turnip, or a mushroom, or pistachios, and so on. It's fun!