Creating flavorful and succulent meatballs requires a balance of ingredients that contribute to both the taste and texture of the dish. Here’s a versatile recipe for making meatballs that can be adapted to various cuisines by tweaking the spices and herbs. This basic recipe serves as a foundation for Italian, Swedish, or even Asian-style meatballs, depending on your preferences and the accompanying sauce.

Basic Meatball Ingredients

  • 1 lb (450g) ground meat (beef, pork, turkey, chicken, or a mix)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional for Italian-style)
  • 1 small onion, finely minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or basil (optional for Italian-style)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional for Swedish-style)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (optional for Asian-style)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger (optional for Asian-style)





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