Meatballs are one of the most appreciated dishes of our gastronomy. This simple recipe, which is nothing more than a small ball, usually made of minced meat, is a very old dish with centuries of history. And, in addition, very appreciated. That is why they also have their own day in the calendar. Festivity that, as it could not be otherwise, had its origin in the United States. So, to further honor this famous dish, Meatball Day is celebrated every March 9. Will you join us to celebrate it?
Although they are known worldwide, let’s see what this dish is all about. Well, just as it is a delicious recipe, it is as simple as it is good. Since they are nothing more than small balls, normally of minced meat; that later are fried, boiled, roasted… Depending on the recipe. And, this versatile dish can be elaborated in a multitude of different ways, depending on the country.
In the same way, although the classic and most popular ones are of meat, we can elaborate them with multitude of ingredients and make vegetable meatballs, of fish or with the combinations that more we like.
You may be interested in: Swedish meatballs recipe “Köttbullar”, delicious meatballs with cream sauce.
Meatballs Day, March 9th
Being a dish so well known all over the world, of which each country has its own elaborate, it is not surprising that it has its own day marked on the calendar.
Although, as with the vast majority of gastronomic anniversaries, this one also has its origin in the United States. Where meatballs became very popular after Italian immigrants there prepared their famous spaghetti with meatballs.
There, every March 9 is celebrated the Meatball Day, known as National Meatball Day, as we saw in our gastronomic calendar.
How to celebrate Meatballs Day
If you are also a big fan of meatballs (which is not surprising, because it is one of the few dishes that everyone likes), you can not fail to celebrate this day as it deserves.
And, there is no better celebration than making your own plate of meatballs. We propose, to celebrate it, the classic recipe of meatballs in sauce. Just like grandmothers make them.
So get to work and start celebrating Meatballs Day with this great recipe.
Meatball Sub Recipe
- 2 Bread sticks
- 30 Oz Minced meat
- 1 Egg
- 1 Garlic clove
- 1/2 Cup Bread crumbs
- 1/2 Cup Shredded cheese
- Tomato sauce
- In a deep dish we are going to put the meat. Mix with the parsley, pepper, salt (to taste), cheese, egg, bread crumbs and garlic (finely chopped). Mix well with your hands until you get a homogeneous mass with the meat and seasonings.Once well mixed, we make the meatballs. We have to make the meatballs very big.30 Oz Minced meat, 1 Egg, 1/2 Cup Bread crumbs, 1/2 Cup Shredded cheese, Parsley, Pepper, Salt, 1 Garlic clove
- Once ready, fry the meatballs in a frying pan with a little oil or butter. When they are ready (they have taken a dark color) add the tomato sauce and let it cook together for a few minutes.Tomato sauce
- Cut the loaves of bread in two, and open them only on one side, so that the other side is united. Spread the bread with the tomato sauce where we have cooked the meatballs. Put the meatballs that fit in each sandwich and serve hot.2 Bread sticks
Do you want to make meatballs quickly and easily?
You can shape them by putting small portions of minced meat in a glass with a little flour. Shake the glass with an encircling motion, making the meat turn around inside the glass. This way, you will make your meatballs in a jiffy and without staining a finger. It is also a much faster technique than if we shape them by hand.
Know the History
The origin of meatballs is much debated, and is not known with certainty. In fact, we find a multitude of recipes consisting of meatballs, but each one with its own nuances depending on the country. Therefore, marking an exact place of origin of meatballs is a very complicated task.
For example, we found a record of the dumpling recipe in a Chinese recipe book, around 221 B.C. This could be one of the oldest records of this recipe. But we cannot be sure.
Similar elaborations were also known in Ancient Rome. In fact, the Roman cookbook Apicius has several recipes for meatballs.
Much later, when meatballs were already an established recipe in Europe, they crossed the pond. And, in 1880, Italian immigrants created an Italian-American dish mixing spaghetti and meatballs, a recipe that was a great success.
They liked these meatballs so much that they even decided to put them in a sandwich. Thus was born, in the 20th century, the Meatball sub, the recipe we have seen.
And, with the history of meatballs, we finish celebrating their day. If you also want to celebrate it, remember to leave us your comments, ideas, comments… We love to read you!
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