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by Sarah Steimer

Cauliflower and red pepper balls over polenta, spinach and caramelized onions

These nonmeatballs are so full of flavor and really relatively quick to whip up. I really love cauliflower and am always happy to learn another way to prepare it. This recipe is getting filed away for later use, for sure. I an even see them being used in a pita (sort of like falafel) or over a salad.

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by Sarah Steimer

Simple beef meatballs with a white wine and chive tomato sauce

This is the meatball recipe my mom has always used. It’s simple enough to whip together in a hurry — and one of the first meals I think I remember mom letting me “make” (i.e. mush the ingredients together and roll into balls). I probably also made these meatballs for all of my roommates. The only difference today? I created a new sauce.

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by Caitlin Saniga

These meatballs were super tender and juicy, and the sauce was to die for. I served mine on a bed of big basil leaves. Overkill, perhaps. But I'm in summer withdrawal.

These meatballs were super tender and juicy, and the sauce was to die for. I served mine on a bed of big basil leaves. Overkill, perhaps. But I’m in summer withdrawal.

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by Caitlin Saniga | photos by Joel Hawksley

Lamb meatballs with feta, pine nuts and Moroccan spices

These Moroccan meatballs are packed with lots of surprises. I loved the soft pine nuts, mild lemon flavor and pockets of tangy feta cheese.

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by Sarah Steimer

Spanish-style duck meatballs with red pepper sauce

My friend Drew made these meatballs at a restaurant he used to work at in Chicago, and they were always awesome. When I got my hands on some ground duck — and I knew this meatball guide was on the horizon — I shot Drew a text and he was kind enough to not only send me the recipe, but convert it down from massive restaurant portions.

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by Sarah Steimer

This dish was the result of waking up late from a nap and realizing I had no plan for dinner, but just odds and ends in the fridge, including leftover ground chuck that needed to be cooked ASAP. Worked out pretty well, I’d say.

  • 1/2 pound ground chuck
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • olive oil
  • 1 red pepper, roasted and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 banana pepper, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 1/2-inch slices of precooked polenta (the kind that comes in a tube)
  • 1/2 ball fresh mozzarella

In a medium bowl, mix together the ground chuck, red pepper flakes, egg, breadcrumbs and oregano. Season with salt and pepper. Form the mixture into meatballs that are smaller than a golf ball, about 1 inch in diameter.

Heat enough olive oil over medium heat in a sauté pan to cover the bottom of the pan. Add the meatballs to the pan and cook until browned on all sides, turning as they cook. The meatballs should only take about 10 minutes to cook, but cut one in half to ensure it is cooked through. Remove the meatballs from the pan and let drain on a paper towel.

Clean out the pan and heat more oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions and garlic to the pan, letting both soften. Add the roasted red pepper, banana pepper and tomato. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook until the banana pepper has begun to soften, about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Transfer the mixture to a blender and pulse just enough times to create a lumpy sauce. Return the mixture to the pan and adjust the seasoning (just salt and pepper in this case).

Arrange the polenta slices on two plates, three slices per plate. Microwave just until warm, about 20 seconds.

Top the polenta with slices fresh mozzarella. Add the meatballs on top, followed by the pepper-tomato sauce. Serve immediately.

Makes two servings.

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by Caitlin Saniga

This time of year, my family’s usually having some sort of get-together. Whether it’s my brother’s birthday, Fourth of July or visits from out-of-town relatives, we’ve got plenty of reasons to celebrate. And we tend to gather outside at a park or the picnic shelter down by the pond at my house. Slowly but surely, carloads of relatives show up, unloading a cooler of this or a glass Pyrex dish of that. This meatball recipe would be a hit at one of these events. Prepare the meatballs ahead of time, and bring them along to the party, keeping them warm in a plugged-in slow cooker. They’ll be gone before they have time to cool off anyway.

For the meatballs:

  • 3/4 pound lean ground turkey
  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup panko

For sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 20-ounce can pineapple chunks in juice, drained

Lining the baking sheet with parchment makes for easy cleanup.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. To make the meatballs, use your hands to combine all of the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until just incorporated. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake 20 minutes or until golden and cooked all the way through.

See what I mean?

In the meantime, combine the ketchup, syrup, soy sauce, tapioca, allspice and mustard in the bowl of a large slow cooker. Stir the mixture together. Carefully add the pineapple chunks and meatballs, coating them in the sauce.

Cover the slow cooker with a lid, and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. Serve with toothpicks.

Makes about 24 meatballs.

Meatballs recipe adapted from: Alton Brown
Slow cooker recipe adapted from: Crock-Pot Cookbook

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