Though it may often be considered an afterthought, a well-made meatball can up the value of an entire meal. We at Plated have the recipes to prove it. From traditional beef to Sicilian-style turkey, these meatballs make their whole meals soar, bringing a diverse mix of spices, cheeses, and aromatics right to your palate, while highlighting the features of the other items on your plate. Enhance your dinnertime repertoire with these five can’t-miss recipes.
1. Lamb Meatballs with Orzo and Asparagus
Let’s start with something a bit unexpected. Yes, it’s true: Both chops and gyros are delicious ways to enjoy lamb, but if you want to see just how tender this meat can be, try our Lamb Meatballs with Orzo and Asparagus recipe, which mixes shallot, garlic, pine nuts, parsley, ground cumin, and more for outrageously delicious results.
2. Spaghetti and Ricotta Beef Meatballs
Talk about “can’t-miss!” This Spaghetti and Ricotta Beef Meatballs recipe is Plated’s take on the classic dinner. Before making it yourself, be sure to consult Chef Elana’s 6 Must-Know Tips for Making the Perfect Meatball—most of which can be applied to each recipe on our list today.
3. Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs
Speaking of Spaghetti and Meatballs, throw some variety into the tried-and-true dish with this Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs recipe, which yields lean, one-inch meatballs kept soft and tender by infusing Parmesan cheese.
In this Sicilian-Style Meatballs with Polenta recipe, turkey meatballs are given a southern Italian accent with pine nuts, raisins, Swiss chard, and a hint of cumin, while the creamy polenta provides the perfect accompaniment of velvety consistency.
This Asian Meatballs with Peanut Sauce and Greens recipe mixes beef with ginger, garlic, scallions, soy sauce, and gochujang (a spicy chile bean paste). Bake these bites and dip them into some cool peanut sauce, which provides a sweetness that wonderfully complements the flavors infused into the beef.