World Wide Meatballs Recipe

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World Wide Meatballs

From Dorothy McNett's recipes at Ground meats of all varieties combined with a particular sauce of the area are probably one of the most international of all recipes. Use beef, lamb, pork, sausage, poultry, or combinations to make it "yours" to share. Use catsup, salsa, tamari, hot sauce, or spaghetti sauce, etc. to give it just the right flavor!

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef, or your choice of ground meat
2-3 slices bread, whole wheat is great
2 tablespoons all purpose flour, or rice flour, or soy flour...
1/2 green bell pepper
1 medium onion
snipped fresh parsley or other herbs
1/2 cup catsup or salsa, or other sauce as desired
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground pepper
flour for dredging
paprika, sweet or hot or smoked from Spain or Hungary

cooked pasta, or flat bread, or tortillas, or cooked vegetables, or sauerkraut for serving
pickles, other sauces as desired

Crumble meat into a batter bowl and set aside. In food processor with steel chopping blade in place, combine the bread, flour, green pepper, onion, garlic and herbs. Pulse to chop finely. Add the catsup and salt. Pour over the meat and mix thoroughly. Shape into meat balls and dredge with the flour so that they are not sticky. Arrange on a glass or ceramic plate that will fit into your microwave. Sprinkle with paprika. Cover with a piece of waxed paper or a few large leaves of romaine, kale, etc. Cook in microwave about 3 minutes for one plate. If not done, continue with 1-2 minutes. In meantime, arrange pasta, or bread, or tortillas, or cooked vegetables, or sauerkraut, or baby greens over a beautiful serving platter. Arrange the cooked meatballs on top and serve!

If not using a microwave oven, these meatballs are wonderful sauteed in a heavy bottomed saute or fry pan. Shape and dredge as above, and then heat the pan over medium high heat, adding about 1 tablespoon of oil or butter. When pan is hot but not smoking, add enough meatballs to fit comfortably without crowding. Cook gently 2-3 minutes, rotating as necessary. Repeat until all meatballs have been cooked.

Recipe created 2011-04-04.

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