The History of Meatballs

by Crystal A. Johnson

Ignorance is not bliss for me when it comes to food. My first inclination in writing this article was to title it as, The History of Italian Meatballs but a quick Wikepedia lesson informed me that the meatball has vast interpretations globally from India to Indonesia.  I really encourage you to click on the link to Wikepedia if to see the listing of countries associated with meatballs.


There are many kinds of meatball recipes using different kinds of meats and spices. While some meatballs are mostly made of meat and ingredients to cement the ball, others may include other ingredients. How one makes meatballs depends as much on one’s cultural background as on individual taste. There are even “meatless” meatballs to satisfy vegetarian palates.

Italian Meatball Recipe


SERVES 10 Ingredients


  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl by hand.
  2. Use your bare hands for best results.
  3. Roll meatballs to about the size of a golf ball.
  4. Drop raw meatballs into large (I use a stock pot) pot of sauce.
  5. (I have an incredible sauce recipe {#92096} I use for my meatballs).
  6.  Simmer for about 3 hours.

On the Red Carpet: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

A couple of days ago MCCN posted a written review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs based on the popular story book.  In the posting we suggestedplaces in Los Angeles area which serve meatballs.  No matter where you are in the world this is an opportunity for a great family outing of Spaghetti & Meatball dinner and a movie. If we didn’t convince you the first time around to see this film then maybe what the celebs have to say about meatballs and the film will do it: