No Pasta Required: 5 Must-Try Takes on Meatballs

Your new go-to dinner option: meatballs, five different ways, from Katie Workman, author of The MOM 100 Cookbook and creator of themom100.com blog

Move over, macaroni and cheese. When it comes to comfort food, meatballs are having a moment. They're finding their way onto the menus of fancy restaurants and are even the star food of individual establishments like The Meatball Shop in New York City.

Trendy? Sure -- but we've always been on board when it comes to meatballs. Pork, beef, turkey, chicken, lamb, even vegetables, seasoned any which way, in sauce, with pasta, wrapped in lettuce, on a grinder, or even all by their lonesome with just a toothpick to ferry them to your mouths, meatballs are the ultimate adaptable meal. Check out these five recipes and get dinner rolling.

Asian Turkey Meatballs

Asian Turkey Meatballs

Katie Workman

These taste a lot like the filling of a dumpling, and are great on their own or molded into mini meatballs and added to chicken broth with some noodles for an impromptu Asian soup.

Get the recipe for Asian Turkey Meatballs.

Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs

Katie Workman

You can eat these on their own (they have a ton of flavor, especially if you blend in ½ cup of freshly grated Parmesan and a handful of finely chopped parsley), but these meatballs are just as tasty sitting on a pile of spaghetti with some tomato sauce and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

Get the recipe for Italian Meatballs.

Maple-Barbecue Chicken Meatballs

Maple-Barbecue Chicken Meatballs

Katie Workman

With a sweetness from apples and maple syrup that makes them ridiculously kid-friendly, these meatballs can actually make family dinner fun. Pile them on rice with a few extra spoonfuls of barbecue sauce for a new (easy!) spin on weeknight dinner.

Get the recipe for Maple-Barbecue Chicken Meatballs

Mexican Beef and Spinach Meatballs

Mexican Beef and Spinach Meatballs

Katie Workman

These are sturdy little orbs, flecked with green and popping with piquant Mexican seasonings. Try them over pasta with a warm drizzle of plain tomato sauce -- or spike the sauce with extra garlic and cilantro for more kick.

Get the recipe for Mexican Beef and Spinach Meatballs.

Vietnamese Pork Meatballs

Vietnamese Pork Meatballs

Katie Workman

Fish sauce is a spectacular ingredient, used often in Thai and Vietnamese cooking, and if you haven't explored it, this meatball recipe is a great introduction to the flavor. These are nice eaten on their own or wrapped up in lettuce leaves and garnished with fresh mint and cilantro.

Get the recipe for Vietnamese Pork Meatballs.

 

 

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