Spicy Meatball Recipe

Mar 11, 2011 8:00 am

How to make meatballs with a kick

The general rule with meatballs is that you can't go wrong with meatballs. Plus, once you know how to make 'em, they've got all kinds of uses: make small meatballs and put toothpicks in them and you've got hors d'oeuvres; fold medium-sized meatballs into a bowl of spaghetti and you've got a classic dish; supersize your meatballs, put 'em on a toasted hero roll, melt some provolone, and you've got a kick-ass meatball sub. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Here's a simple spicy meatball recipe that you can make for yourself, for a dinner party, or if you want to put some heat into that romantic dinner.

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Photo: Lindsay Hunt
Photo: Lindsay Hunt
Servings: about 20 meatballs


1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons hot sauce
1/2 small onion, very finely chopped
1 teaspoon tomato paste
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh mint, chopped
1 pound ground pork or beef
1 large egg
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
vegetable oil, for searing
  1. In a bowl combine the cumin, hot sauce, onion, tomato paste, oregano, and mint. Add the ground pork, egg and bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Roll the meat mixture into balls, using about 1 heaping tablespoon of the mixture to make each ball. This makes about 20 meatballs.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  4. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add one tablespoon of oil. Once hot, working in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding the pan, sauté the meatballs until well browned, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake until cooked through, about 8 minutes, or add to a pot of your favorite sauce and simmer until cooked through.
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