Best Kosher Meatball Recipe: Dinnertime Done Deliciously

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Hey there, home chefs! Today, we’re diving into a heartwarming classic: Bubbe’s best kosher meatballs. These aren’t your average meatballs; they’re bursting with flavor and simmered in a rich tomato sauce that’ll leave you wanting seconds (and maybe thirds).

This recipe is a family favorite, passed down from my grandma (Bubbe in Yiddish) and guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Plus, it’s completely kosher-friendly, making it perfect for any occasion.

Now, grab your mixing bowl and get ready to create these delectable dinnertime gems!

Gather Your Ingredients:

Here’s what you’ll need to whip up a batch of Bubbe’s magic:

  • 1 pound ground beef (or a mix of ground beef and veal for extra richness)
  • 1/2 cup matzo meal
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Let’s Get Cooking!

  1. Prep Time: In a large bowl, whisk together the matzo meal and 1/4 cup of hot water. Let it sit for 5 minutes, allowing the matzo meal to soften. This will act as a binder for the meatballs, keeping them nice and moist.
  2. Combine the Dry Ingredients: Add the ground beef, eggs, onion, garlic, parsley, oregano, salt, and pepper to the softened matzo meal mixture. Get your hands in there and gently mix everything together until well combined. Don’t overmix, or your meatballs will become tough.
  3. Shape Up: Now comes the fun part! Roll the meatball mixture into tablespoon-sized balls. For perfectly round meatballs, wet your hands with a little water to prevent sticking.
  4. Brown It Up: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, carefully add the meatballs and brown them on all sides. Don’t crowd the pan; cook the meatballs in batches if necessary.
  5. Simmering Symphony: In a separate pot, combine the crushed tomatoes, water, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a simmer. Once the meatballs are browned, gently transfer them to the simmering tomato sauce. Cover the pot and let the meatballs simmer for 30-45 minutes, or until cooked through.
  6. Serve and Savor! Bubbe’s best kosher meatballs are ready to be enjoyed! Plate them up with your favorite pasta, mashed potatoes, or rice. A sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese or a dollop of ricotta adds a delightful finishing touch.
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Bubbe’s Bonus Tips:

  • For extra-flavorful meatballs, soak the matzo meal in beef broth instead of water.
  • Like things spicy? Add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the meatball mixture for a kick.
  • Leftover meatballs can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat them gently in the sauce for a delicious second meal.

So there you have it, folks! With this recipe, you can create a dish that’s packed with flavor, tradition, and Bubbe’s love. Now get cooking and enjoy a taste of comfort food heaven!

Bubbe’s Meatball Variations: A Symphony of Flavors

We all love Bubbe’s classic recipe, but sometimes you might crave a little twist. The beauty of meatballs is their versatility! Here are a few variations to keep your taste buds guessing:

1. Swedish Meatball Mania:

  • Swap the ground beef for a mixture of ground beef and pork (ensure it’s kosher-certified).
  • Add a teaspoon of allspice and a pinch of nutmeg to the dry ingredient mix for that warm, Swedish touch.
  • Serve over mashed potatoes with a creamy dill sauce (made with sour cream, chopped fresh dill, and a squeeze of lemon juice).

2. Italian Meatball Magic:

  • Use ground veal instead of beef for a lighter flavor.
  • Add 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese and a tablespoon of chopped fresh basil to the meatball mixture.
  • Simmer the meatballs in your favorite jarred marinara sauce for a burst of Italian goodness. Serve over pasta with a sprinkle of fresh parsley.
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3. Spicy Moroccan Meatball Mystery:

  • Add a teaspoon of ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of ground coriander, and a pinch of cayenne pepper to the dry ingredients for a warm, Moroccan spice blend.
  • Saute a chopped red bell pepper and a chopped clove of garlic in the olive oil before browning the meatballs. Add them to the simmering tomato sauce along with the meatballs.
  • Serve over couscous with a dollop of Greek yogurt for a refreshing contrast to the spicy meatballs.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. Feel free to experiment with different herbs, spices, and sauces to create your own unique Bubbe-inspired meatball masterpiece!

Bubbe’s Wisdom: A Bite of Tradition

Cooking isn’t just about following a recipe; it’s about creating memories and sharing traditions. Bubbe’s meatballs are more than just a dish; they’re a symbol of love, family, and good times. So next time you gather around the table, whip up a batch of Bubbe’s best and create some delicious memories of your own.

Do you have a favorite family recipe that’s been passed down through generations? Share it in the comments below! We’d love to hear your stories and continue the tradition of good food and good company.

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