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There are very few dishes, like meatballs, that can please everyone, absolutely everyone, young and old.
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Here in Italy meatballs are with you from an early age. My grandmother would preparing them in many different ways, depending on the age and also the state of health of herself and the person eating them.
- Steamed meatballs are seasoned with fresh pureed tomato for young children
- Baked meatballs are made for a lighter meal without sacrificing any flavor
- Fried meatballs are always made for a “party” atmosphere and are ideal for a lunch or dinner between friends
- Meatballs can also be cooked in any sauce that they will eventually be served with for great, versatile flavor
In short, so many variations, not to mention the various ingredients contributing to what (for us) is the perfect meatball: bread, potatoes, bread crumbs, milk …
And then there is the size, that can vary according to their use:
- Very small for baked pasta with meatballs (south of Italy style)
- Medium for a main course, and to fry them
- Large, almost like small hamburgers, if we want to take them with us to a picnic, to the beach, for a trip …
And so we like to eat the meatballs … you’ll never see them on spaghetti, unless some restaurant should bend to this not Italian trend.
Meatballs’ versatility means that we do not ever get tired of them , and their flavor changes with the seasons, just like the ingredients that we put inside this dish.
Today I prepared these kinds of meatballs:
- Steamed in tomato sauce (recipe for tomato sauce is here)
- Baked, instead of being fried
With this recipe below, you can choose the meatballs form of cooking you prefer.Print
Erika from CuocheinVacanza (www.cookingclassesintuscany.net), Tuscan DOC, is a Cooking Classes Trainer and Private Dinners Chef who comes directly to your holiday home in Tuscany. Respect for Nature is her paramount, and is fundamental to Tuscan home cooking. Food Blogger and Trip Lover, she pays the utmost attention to the seasonality and authenticity of all the ingredients. If you're looking to take some of Tuscany home, what better way than to learn to cook your favorite dishes or have them cooked for you?