Take a family favorite to new heights: Hot smoked paprika gives meatballs deep flavor and low, slow cooking ensures they're extra tender. These meatballs will also taste great made with ground turkey or beef.
Any type of ground meat will work with this recipe, but a blend of pork and beef will yield the best results. Serve the meatballs over your favorite pasta and freeze any leftovers in the sauce; they can be reheated for meatball sandwiches. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).
These mini chicken meatballs from Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow of The Meatball Shop get their signature spice from a healthy dose of Frank's RedHot, one of the original hot sauces used to make buffalo wings. Serve for a crowd-pleasing appetizer at your next casual gathering.
Made from a combination of beef and pork, the Swedish meatballs recipe will become one of your favorite dishes. Swedish meatballs are a Scandinavian favorite that go from appetizer to main in a flash (just add noodles), and the meatballs are ready when you are. It's a Swedish tradition to serve Swedish meatballs with sweet-tart lingonberry jam; if you can't find it, grape or red-currant jelly is a good substitute.
Stock the freezer with these healthy basics and, when the mood strikes, try them in our Whole-Wheat Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs, Turkey-Meatball Salad with Roasted Peppers and Parmesan, or in Mini Barbecue Meatball Sliders.
Chicken thighs have a bit more fat than breasts and are the best for making juicy, flavorful meatballs. If you prefer, you can substitute ground dark-meat (7% fat) turkey for the chicken thighs, and skip step 1 of the recipe.