I can still remember the very first dinner party I hosted in my very first apartment like it was yesterday. Moments before the first guest arrived, I was standing over my stove paralyzed with anxiety. I had thrown all my efforts into creating the perfect atmosphere (purchasing new plates, lighting candles, creating centerpieces and cleaning the place from top to bottom) but had neglected the most integral part of the night’s success. The star of the show was to be spaghetti and meatballs served with a homemade arrabbiata sauce. Everything seemed to be going well until it was time to roll the meat and I realized I had no idea how to make meatballs.
“How is this possible?” I thought incredulously.
Of course, meatballs in themselves aren’t difficult to form, but for your very first dinner party in your very first apartment, you want them to be perfect; that means symmetrical, solid and flavorful. Having seen my mom prepare meatballs only a million times growing up, I assumed it was easy. Well, it would have been if I had known what I know now.
Perhaps you too are clueless when it comes to perfect meatball formation. Don’t make the same mistake I did by waiting until the night-of to master the hack above. It’s super easy, once you get the hang of it.
Fortunately, the night of the party, a patient friend (who was also gifted in the kitchen) was the first to arrive. She stepped in like a superhero and took over from where I blanked out. Now that I know how to create perfectly even meatballs every single time, here’s a collection of recipes I can confidently cook.
Whether I’m making enough for one or for six, this Smart Spaghetti & Meatballs recipe comes in handy. You’ve got to love a Healthy Living dish that tastes good. After just three steps and in 30 minutes, amazing pasta is ready to be served.
The best thing about grilling within foil is how juicy and flavorful everything inside becomes. Take All-in-One Meatball ’n Potato Nugget Packets, for example. Cheesy tater tots, vegetables and perfectly formed meatballs make an enticing dish that’s portable and delicious.
In this recipe for Sweet & Sour Chicken Meatballs, tender chicken meatballs are given a tantalizing tang thanks to barbecue sauce. With the addition of red and yellow peppers, it’s a great way to add some color to a spread and get a few vegetables on the table as well.
Now that you’ve mastered how to form perfect meatballs every time, what new recipes will you be trying?