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Pork and beef make an excellent combination for meatballs. The pork is sweeter and leaner so it makes for a lighter meatball. The beef is beefier and makes the meatball more tender and juicy. The combination creates a meatball that is light and tender.
Goat horn peppers are a sweet and spicy red pepper. They add a little sweet heat to the meatballs so use them sparingly. Alternative peppers include calabrian chilis if you like a little more heat or sweet red peppers if you want to remove the heat and focus on the sweet completely.
Fresh greens are an easy way to pack a lot of freshness into your meatball. This recipe features mint, green onions, cilantro and garlic to be blended together and mixed directly into the meatballs. This fine minced paste explodes with flavor once cooked into the meat.
Za’atar, cumin, or crushed red pepper, garlic and coriander are featured in this recipe. All the spices play off one another. Za’atar features a savory blend of oregano thyme, marjoram, sesame seeds and a hint of citrus.
the best way to break down these vegetables is to puree them in the blender or food processor. Blending them makes sure each bites has allot of that herbaceous flavor. Finely mincing the vegetables also works if the a food processor isn’t available.
When preparing the meatballs select your ideal fat to meat ratio. Blend the fresh herbs to make sure it’s incorporated entirely into the meat. Season the meat generously on the inside, Make sure salt is lightly incorporated on the inside to help boost the added flavor. but don’t season too much where you cant add salt to the outside of the meatball to help it form a nice golden crust.
roast the meatballs to make large batch cooking easier and more consistent. for crispy browned meatballs make sure the meatballs are placed into a preheated oven. keep the meatballs spaced so that they can get all around browning and make sure that you salt the outside to help achieve a deeper brown.
serve the meatballs hot or warm, they make an excellent addition on a pita sandwich or wrap. serve over olive tapenade or hummus so added flavor.