The Meatball Shop Cookbook by Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow and Lauren Deen

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  • Breadcrumbs on May 27, 2012

    First off, big thanks to the EYB member who indexed this book as it held immediate appeal as I first flipped through it in the book store. I've since flagged almost all the recipes as "must-try"! I've also heard great things about author's restaurant. I'm looking forward to reading of EYB members experiences with this book. I made my first recipe today, the Mini Buffalo Chicken Balls and though the recipe sounded wonderful, it didn't come together as expected per the instructions as the mixture was far too wet and required adjustments. More about that in the recipe review though.

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  • Classic beef meatballs

    • Cheri on January 06, 2013

      These were ok, but not preferred to my tried and true meatball recipe. I omitted the pepper flakes, and found these to be a bit bland. Prefer parm to the ricotta for flavor. Did appreciate the method used here, baking in a pyrex instead of cookie sheet. I would repeat, if I needed to use up some ricotta. These needed 30-32 minutes in my preheated 400 deg. oven. They are a bit fragile.

    • hirsheys on March 18, 2017

      I like these a lot, though not for spaghetti - they make great sandwich meatballs. I think it's the fennel seed - they feel more like sausage.

    • bwhip on December 05, 2020

      We really enjoyed these. Nice and tender, flavorful without being overpowering. We made meatball sandwiches with the classic tomato sauce recipe from the same book, and also served with their Arugula and Apple salad.

  • Mini Buffalo chicken balls

    • Breadcrumbs on May 28, 2012

      p. 9 - I honestly couldn’t wait to make this recipe and I made a special trip to a local poultry farmer to get my ground chicken this weekend. Not sure whether my freshly ground chicken was more moist than the norm (it didn’t seem to be) or, whether there may be an issue with this recipe as my mixture was far too wet to form meatballs once all the required ingredients were incorporated. I compensated by adding more breadcrumbs until the mixture was firm enough to hold its shape. Even then, the meatballs did settle on the tray and ended up w flat bottoms. Fortunately this had no detrimental effect on their flavour though as these were wonderful. They tasted just like mild Buffalo wings. We served w some additional Franks and, some blue cheese dip alongside. Yum and I loved that these were a twist on an old favourite. This would make for great party food. Superbowl weekend perhaps? Photos here:

    • PatFB on February 24, 2022

      I add blue cheese directly in the meatball mix and use sriracha instead of Buffalo wing sauce. Family favorite.

  • Jerk chicken balls

    • Breadcrumbs on September 08, 2012

      p. 30 We’re big fans of jerk chicken so needless to say this dish held immediate appeal. This is really a chicken and pork meatball, despite being named otherwise as the recipe calls for 1 lb of each. The recipe comes together in no time with limited chopping require. I only used one Scotch bonnet pepper (the book calls for 2 habanero peppers) and we found the meatballs to be just right. I think 2 would have been too overpowering for our tastes. Even as you stir in the spices and herbs this smells like jerk so it was no surprise that the finished meatballs tasted great and pretty authentic. We liked them on their own and also w a little Jamaican Pick-a-peppa sauce on the side. I’d definitely make them again and I think they’d make for perfect party food. Photos here:

  • Kabocha squash salad

    • sheepishjen on April 19, 2017

      I really liked this. At first I was hesitant about cooking the squash in boiling water with sugar and salt, since I thought it would be too soft. Not at all. And the salt and sugar made it taste a bit caramelized, which was unexpected, given the cooking method. Don't need all that sherry vinaigrette, though. Can easily halve the recipe for that.

  • Fightin' Irish balls

    • twoyolks on March 20, 2016

      These taste exactly like corned beef and cabbage in meatball form (light on the cabbage flavor).

  • Viva la Mexico balls

    • twoyolks on March 30, 2016

      These were fine meatballs. The chiles don't really get soft enough and aren't in small enough pieces to really give a chile flavor to the meatballs.

  • Thai balls

    • danilouis on July 06, 2012

      chop shrimp small. peanut sauce separates. mix in small amt. of water.

  • Braised Swiss chard with pesto and lemon

    • EmilyR on September 18, 2018

      Loved this one... I used my own homemade pesto with preserved lemons, pine nuts, kale, spinach, and cheddar parm. Kids even enjoyed it!

  • Chicken meatballs

    • tmitra on December 02, 2016

      The version of this recipe that I found online ( recommends roasting the meatballs for 14 minutes, which worked for me. I would halve the salt next time (1 tablespoon?!), but otherwise, I liked these.

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  • Chicken meatballs

    • Leite's Culinaria

      Subtly but surely flavored, these chicken meatballs need little, if anything, in terms of embellishment. Of course, if you want to serve them as sliders you’ll need, at minimum, a bun.

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