Every week we pull together some great Canadian recipes from Canadian food bloggers around the web featuring one main ingredient or dish. This week, we're featuring meatballs!
The meatball. It's a near perfect food.
Pop one in your mouth for a quick protein snack. Spear one (or 2 or 3 or a platter) with a toothpick and you have an appetizer people can eat while standing up without making a mess. Drown them in your favourite sauce and toss them with noodles or rice or veggies for dinner.
You can meal prep them ahead of time. You can make a huge batch and freeze them for quick and easy weeknight meals.
You don't even need to make them with meat!
Best of all, no matter what your favourite cuisine, there is a flavour combo that works. Almost every type of world cuisine has a variation on the meatball. Change up your spices and seasoning, experiment with your sauces, use unique fillers, change up your meat (or combine more than one meat) or try going meatless!
Best of all, these tiny little bite sized flavour bombs are a favourite with adults and kids alike. And most of them are so easy to make that you can easily let little hands join you in the kitchen - it's a great introduction to learning to cook dinner! Here's over 30 marvellous meatball ideas to get started with. Which is your favourite?
The Best Italian Meatballs
by Mangia Bedda
For many of us when we hear meatballs we immediately think of spaghetti and meatballs like these classic Italian Meatballs from Mangia Bedda. She says they're the BEST Italian meatballs - how can you resist a promise like that?!
Hyderabadi Beef Koftay
Kofta or Koftay are a spicy meatball that are very well known in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. This Hyderabadi Beef Koftay from Chocolates and Chillis is flavourful and fragrant and cooked in coconut milk sauce that's packed with spices.
by Bite Me More
These perfect little Hoisin Meatballs from Bite Me More make for a great one bite appetizer or team a group of them up for an entree that's full of sweet, tangy Hoisin flavour.
Lamb Meatballs with Harissa and Feta
You can practically taste the heat from the harissa and the saltiness of the feta in these easy to make (and meal prep) Lamb Meatballs with Harissa and Feta from Slow the Cook Down.
Not only are these Lemongrass Meatballs from Balancing Andie delicious, they're also Whole 30 compliant if you're looking for some new Whole 30 inspiration. They're a combo of pork and beef flavoured with fish sauce, ginger and lemongrass.
Freezer Friendly Swedish Meatballs
We all know the classic Swedish meatball but Earth, Food and Fire has created a great, easy to prep, freezer friendly Swedish Meatball version that's also gluten free. Not only that, but he's managed to lighten it up a bit and keep all the fabulous flavour!
Butter Chicken Meatballs
If you love the sweet-spicy tang of butter chicken then you are going to love these gorgeous Butter Chicken Meatballs from Dish N The Kitchen. All that great butter chicken sauce with meatballs!
Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs
You can't beat a slow cooker for those times where you just want to "set it and forget it" and that's exactly what you get to do with these Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs from Food Meanderings. They're another great make ahead recipe as well!
Turkey Meatballs in Coconut Curry Sauce
from Sneaky Mommies
Let's talk kid approved meatballs that are also parent friendly. The duo at Sneaky Mommies live up to their name with these Turkey Meatballs in a Coconut Curry that also pack in some extra veggies that little appetites won't even notice!
Vegan Sweet Potato Lentil Meatballs
You might think that with a recipe collection that has "meat" right in the name that you might not find a vegan friendly meatball in the mix but you would be wrong! Soul Nutrition has created these Sweet Potato and Lentil Meatballs and she's even got a gluten-free option.
More Meatball Recipes
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