Meatballs are such a classic dish, especially if you are from an Italian family, and having a great meatballs recipe ready to go at your fingertips is extremely important. But the best thing about them is that it’s almost impossible not to love them – even kids like meatballs!
All Italian Americans rejoice at the sight of meatballs, as they originated in the United States. Italian immigrants who were struggling to make due in a new country found that ground beef was not only cheap but could also be made into a wide variety of dishes. Meatballs were an easy way to get filled up, and could be paired perfectly with marinara sauce (another Italian American invention).
There’s a very popular dish in Italy called polpette, which is very similar to the Americanized version of meatballs. Polpettes are not served in marinara but rather served alone or in a light broth. With the recipe I’m about to share, you can create meatballs with marinara sauce or Italian polpettes! Just choose which sauce you would like to use and there you have it!
Meatballs are typically ground meat with egg, breadcrumbs, and seasonings mixed in. The mixture is then rolled into balls and either baked, fried or cooked in marinara sauce. Meatballs can range anywhere from tiny half-inch balls to massive 4 to 5 inch balls (you only need one of those meatballs to fill you up!). Meatballs make a great main course, a perfect appetizer or a tasty snack.
With a recipe that is so versatile and a solar cooker that you can take with you just about anywhere, you can have meatballs whenever and wherever you desire. The solar cooker also helps keep your meatballs nice and tender with its fully contained, high moisture method of cooking. You'll be eating authentic Italian meatballs in no time!
Authentic Italian meatballs recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 15 meatballs
- 1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup white onion, diced
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1/2 pound ground pork
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 2 Tbsp parmesan, grated
- Line the cooking tray of the solar cooker with aluminum foil.
- In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together until completely combined. It is best to use your hands and knead all of the meatball mix together.
- Use your hands to roll the meatballs to about 2 inches in diameter.
- Place rolled meatballs directly onto the foil in the solar cooker tray. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Enjoy while hot!
Note: You can also bake the meatballs in a cooking pan, submerged in marinara sauce when using larger solar cookers.
Dive deeper into the culinary wonders of Italy and experience its authentic cuisine and culture on a delectable Italian cooking holiday!