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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Comments (115)

  1. gabby says:

    i like erica so much. she makes everybody laugh so hard!!

    • jeri says:

      I liked Erica, too. But being as frazzled as she was it's difficult to learn. If Erica could have calmed down she might have been able to absorb the lessons and techniques offered. You can't get so excited over a fire on your grill pan!!!!! Good luck to Erica.

  2. radiomaven says:

    you guys are doing the competition all wrong. You should send the winners of the competitions home. They already know how to cook. If you kept the failures then you really would have a challenge and maybe they would have a chance to really figure it out.

    • jeri says:

      Interesting point!

    • JLF says:

      I've always been in favor of a competition that keeps the contestants all the way through, accumulating points per episode. Top points at the end win. That solves the valid objection of eliminting those early who may have more potential than first appearances would suggest.

      On the other hand, some of these early eliminations have been as much about bad attitude (refusal to listen to their team leaders) as poor cooking skills. Sometimes you just can't teach stupid.

    • Joseph Stockton says:

      I agree-Raxhael, Bennett< Sarina and Erica are the Worst Cooks and the most fun. The others are fakers and boring.

    • FanFare57 says:

      I thought the point of the contest is to take a "worst cook" and teach him or her to cook for a panel of judges. I thought progression was the main component of the game. If only the truly worst cook remains, then the final cook off would be inedible.

  3. jeri says:

    Not too surprising who on the blue team is gone! Vanilla Lady is still stuck on why her husband nominated her. Can't say much else until after 9pt showing, don't want to spoil!!

  4. jeri says:

    Bennett virtually self destructed this show. His nachos had no color or flavor. His knife skills were week one quality. His work station was a mess. His chicken was over cooked

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