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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- 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
- 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.
- Roll the meat mixture into balls, using about 1 heaping tablespoon of the mixture to make each ball. This makes about 20 meatballs.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- 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.