Sales, Menus and Recipes: It's Meatball Day

09 March 2018  
Today is National Meatball Day, so we thought we’d slip in another food column just because we can.

When you think of meatballs, you may think of Spaghetti and Meatballs first. However, it might surprise you to know that this is not an authentic Italian dish. According to Fine Dining Lovers  "Meatballs in Italy never touch pasta. They are a separate course…" Instead, meatballs are served on their own and called Polpette. Look for them to be rather large - a couple of inches in diameter.

Italian Meatballs

If you speak Italian, you can get a very authentic recipe here. But for those who are Italian-language-challenged, here’s a recipe from Cooking Italian with Joe: 

Of course, you’ll need the sauce to go with it: 

The American version of spaghetti and meatballs is found in "red sauce joints". It may not be authentic, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t tasty. 

These baked meatballs look amazing:

Next up, how about some Swedish meatballs?

My foster mother used to make Swedish meatballs from scratch, and they were the star of the annual Swedish Smorgasbord held at church. 

Here’s an Ikea-like version:

And, who can argue with Alton Brown?

How about Turkish Meatballs?

Here’s Lamb Kofte

Spanish Meatballs are called Albondigas. 

Mexican Meatball soup

Polish Meatballs - these are called Kotlets.

Dutch meatballs

Asian Meatballs

Cocktail Meatballs

Gordon Ramsey offers three different takes on meatballs here, not sure they can be classified as any particular ethnicity, but they sure look interesting. 



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Lynne LaMaster is the Founder and Editor of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She asks a lot of questions! In her spare time, she loves photography, cooking and hanging out with her family.