Thursday, February 2, 2012

What To Serve With Meatballs?

I've noticed a lot of traffic to the blog looking for what to serve with meatballs. Interesting search! For me it's always been a dish of macaroni! Traditionally we eat our macaroni and then a platter of meat is served consisting of Italian sausage, pork blades or pork spareribs, and meatballs. Occasionally there will also be braciole. All the meat has been browned and then finished cooking in the sauce. Other ways to serve meatballs would be in soup. Little tiny meatballs are often put into chicken soup, beef soup, Italian Wedding soup and stracciatella soups.An easy use of leftover meatballs is Meatball subs. My kids love meatball subs! Lately I've noticed several Italian restaurants serving meatballs as an appetizer. A few do it well, and others not so good. A local restaurant does it well. They serve you two very very large meatballs in marinara, topped with ricotta cheese and then roasted in their pizza oven. They are amazing. The above photo is a picture of them. I would definitely do this as an appetizer for a party! When I order them at the restaurant I usually follow it up with one of their pizza's! It really could be a meal by itself though with a salad on the side! If you need a meatball recipe,scroll down and look over to the bottom right side of the blog. My "recipe" is there. I wish I could offer measurements, but it's just not the way I cook..but if you use the fresh ingredients and follow the steps, you'll have a mouthwatering meatball in no time! Just add more or less of what you like!


  1. Sometimes I make huge meatballs, slice them but keep the round shape, and top them with 3 different kinds of italian cheese...mozzarella,ricotta, shredded provolone and a sprinkle of parsley...BOOM ! Its the bomb in my mouth, and sometimes its a meal ! Cheers from NYC ;-)

  2. Hungry in MichiganMarch 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    The meatballs with ricotta on top sound great. My husband and I found a restaurant in Las Vegas, J R's, that had fantastic meatballs as an appetizer. It was served with a side of ricotta. Sadly the restaurant has closed-- Sure wish I had their recipe--the ricotta was so sweet. Maybe homemade, or sweetened with something? I have looked high and low for a similar recipe but can't find anything. Any ideas??

  3. More than likely it had either cinnamon or nutmeg in it! It's a regional thing, but many areas of Italy add either of those to the ricotta in many recipes. My family uses the cinnamon! It's only a small pinch, but that is all that is needed to give it that little something that most people just can't put their finger on!!

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