Ever craved meatballs but you didn’t know how to do it? Well you’re in luck. This tutorial would give you a step by step guide on how to make meatballs at home without having to bother anyone ever again.
This recipe is shows you how to mix the meet, with the use of your hands, shaping it and cooking it to your definition of perfection. So, let’s get started on how to make your own meatballs.
Get Your Ground Meat
The first step on how to make meatballs is to mix any ground meat of your choice. The best blend you can find out there is the pork and beef option. But if you don’t eat any, you have a lot to choose from. There’s the turkey, lamb, Buffalo, chicken etc. as long as they are ground, you’re good to go.
Now remember that fattier meat tends to lead to more tender results and the leaner meat you have, the less tender it is. Meat such as turkey or chicken are usually likely to overcook or become tough because they lack fat.
How To Make Meatballs – Next Step
The next step to making your meatballs include making sure they are tender. You can do this through the use of a binder. Soak your breadcrumbs into a bowl of milk till it becomes soggy, now mix it into the meat. The binder helps in adding moisture to your meatballs and this in turn prevents the meat proteins from becoming too tough and shrinking as well. This is why adding eggs is pretty much important because they help in adding tenderness.
What if you don’t have breadcrumbs?
If you don’t have breadcrumbs, then you can make use of torn up bread, crumbled saltine crackers etc. you can add buttermilk or yoghurt which has been thinned down with water to be an alternative for you milk.
Tendering Your Meat
When tendering your meatballs, make sure you don’t overwork the meat. Instead mix it with the binder as well as the other ingredients till you get the perfect combination. When doing this, make sure you use your hands to know how well you’re mixing the ingredients. Use a spoon to squish your meat where necessary.
How To Make Meatballs – Should I Simmer Or Roast Them?
Simmering or roasting your meatballs are the two important steps to getting the perfect meatballs.
Simmering is a better option if you would be serving with a sauce. This way you can cook them together. You get a wonder flavored meatball which is also tender and savory with this technique.
Roasting is another option if you plan on serving it with something else instead of a sauce. If you also plan to keep them in the freezer for later, this is your best bet. Roasting your meatballs is great at giving it more flavor. Do this till it is crispy at the edges and has a nice brown tint to them.
No matter the option you take, meatballs are great either way and go with a lot of meals. Why not try it out today?
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