Try these innovative versions of a comfort classic from the West's culinary crossroads
Transform the Italian meatball sandwich: Make it bite-size, and add an olive-caper sauce.
Recipe: Puttanesca Meatball Sliders
Wrap one of these gingery meatballs with shredded vegetables in lettuce, then dunk in a tart-sweet-spicy sauce.
Recipe: Shrimp and Pork Meatball Wraps with Vietnamese Dipping Sauce
These lamb and mint meatballs are meant to be tiny, so you get one in nearly every spoonful of velvety soup.
Recipe: Creamy Lemon Soup with Lamb Mint Meatballs
This dish illustrates the principle that, as chef Mark Peel says, "It's not what you do, it's how you do it."
The meatballs have three kinds of meat for flavor; they're made carefully and not overworked; and the sauce is clingy.
Recipe: Campanile's Spaghetti and Meatballs in Red Sauce
Eggplant always seems to have a love-it-or-hate-it audience. But "even people who claim they don't like eggplant love these
easy meatballs," says recipe submitter Christine Datian.
Recipe: Lamb and Eggplant Meatball Pita Sandwiches
Moroccan meat skewers, or kefta, are made with beef and formed into sausage shapes. Our variation uses ground pork and a hefty dose of spices rolled into
Recipe: Spicy Pork Skewers
Meatballs are easy to make, and they’re a good way to get everyone at a party involved in the cooking. These get a pep from
fresh ginger along with the fragrant Moroccan spice blend ras el hanout.
Recipe: Moroccan Spiced Lamb Meatballs
These meatballs come with a surprise–hard boiled eggs in the center. Be sure to serve them over rice to sop up the rich, spicy
sauce, and top with cilantro for a little color.
Recipe: Stuffed Chipotle Meatballs
This soup is built on root vegetables roasted until sweet, dense, and crisply browned. Roast meatballs at the same time, pour
in broth, and you have soup straight from the oven.
Recipe: Caramelized Vegetable and Meatball Soup
Coconut milk smoothes out the assertive Chinese five-spice blend in this quick turkey dish.
Recipe: Singapore Turkey Stew