Around the World in Meatballs — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, February 20th, 2012

Sherrill Moss Solomon
The second episode of Worst Cooks in America had the remaining 14 recruits thinking international — that is, making meatballs from Sweden, India, Lebanon, France, Spain, Greece and Morocco. For their demos, the teams watched as Bobby took on a Mexican Meatball With Red Chile Tomato Sauce and Queso Fresco, while Anne took on an Italian meatball called Polpettini.

So what is the difference in these meatballs?

Spanish meatballs are a mixture of ground pork, veal and beef, which are combined with bold flavors like smoked Spanish paprika, cilantro, chile powder and red onion. Get Emeril’s recipe for Spanish Meatballs.

Lebanese meatballs, also known as kofta, are usually made with lamb and are combined with vegetables and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, and are then formed around a skewer.

Greek meatballs, or Keftedes are an all-beef ball, seasoned with mint, oregano and nutmeg, and served with a side of yogurt sauce. Cat Cora uses cucumbers in her sauce recipe for Keftedes.

Swedish meatballs are a combination of pork and beef meat (or pork and veal), and are seasoned with nutmeg, allspice and white pepper, and are served with a gravy made from beef broth and heavy cream.

Moroccan meatballs combine lamb with a flavorful mixture of shallots, cinnamon, coriander and mint leaves.

alton brown swedish meatballsGet Food Network’s Best 5 Meatball Recipes:

5. Italian-American Meatballs

4. Mini Turkey Meatballs

3. Baked Meatballs

2. Excellent Meatballs

1. Swetdish Meatballs

Tell us in the comments: How do you make your meatballs?


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