12 Meatballs from Around the World

Created January 26, 2017
If you think meatballs are just for spaghetti, youre about to learn a delicious lesson thats been taught around the world. MORE+ LESS-

What could be easier than having dinner fall from the sky?

You can indulge such fantasies in the new movie Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (out next week on September 27) – and experience some real-life meatball goodness with these recipes!

If you think meatballs are just for spaghetti, you’re about to learn a delicious lesson that’s been taught around the world. Is it any wonder that food shaped like a globe just happens to be a true global favorite?


AFRICA: North African Turkey Meatballs Over Couscous

Forget spaghetti. These little guys have their hearts set on couscous. Spiced with cinnamon and brown sugar, this recipe from Unruly Bliss is sure to expand your horizons of what a meatball can be.


FRANCE: Meatballs in Red Wine Sauce

These French meatballs from Eat, Little Bird know all about good living, as they’re covered in a sauce of red wine and savoring the finer flavors of life. If you’re really quiet, you can almost hear their happy murmurs of “Bon appetit!”


GERMANY: German Meatballs in Mushroom Sauce

A meatball like this is a schatz indeed—yes, that means “treasure”. You could also call them by their traditional name of königsberger klopse—but schatz is way more fun to say! Check out The Crepes of Wrath for all the recipe details.


IRELAND: Irish Stew Meatballs

Instead of chasing pots of gold, the Irish know real satisfaction is sitting down to a delicious pot of Irish stew. And it’s the luck of the Irish indeed that this mouthwatering stew also comes in meatball form. A stroke of genius from Celebration Generation.


ITALY: Make-Ahead Italian Meatballs

“Mangia! Mangia!” Your bambinos will need little encouragement to “Eat! Eat!” this classic Italian favorite. And when we say “make ahead” we mean you better have an extra batch ready to go!


KOREA: Glazed Korean Meatballs

The Korean word for meatball means “a round thing.” No arguments there! This favorite Korean treat is made extra special by a lovely glaze of soy sauce, sugar, and wine vinegar. Brought to you by Korean Bapsang.


LEBANON: Kibbeh Meatballs with Spiced Yogurt Sauce

Have you had the pleasure of eating meatballs with your hands? If not, it’s time to cross that off your list with these kibbeh meatballs you can hand dip in a refreshing yogurt sauce. It’s finger food in top form, and the thanks goes to A Cedar Spoon.


MEXICO: Mexican Meatballs with Roasted Garlic Chipotle Tomatillo Sauce

The virtue of meatballs is they gladly take on the flavors of any cuisine. And that includes Mexican! A little chipotle, some tomatillos and you’ve got the makings for a fiesta favorite, straight from The Daring Gourmet.


RUSSIA: Russian Katleti

From Russia with love come these perfect little parcels of flavor, hand-mixed and hand-rolled especially for you. More proof that good things really do come in small packages, sent to you by Natasha’s Kitchen.


SPAIN: Almost Meatless Albondigas

Here’s Spanish flavor with a brilliant secret to lessen the meat in your dish – but not the meatball essence. It’s oatmeal, and you won’t even notice it’s there! Now that’s some astounding meatball flare from We Heart Food.


SWEDEN: Sage Swedish Meatballs

If Vikings had beat the Pilgrims to Plymouth Rock and therefore set the stage for national holidays, then Thanksgiving would be happily centered on the wonder that is the Swedish meatball, which itself is a reason to give thanks!


VIETNAM: Vietnamese Beef Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Your meatball tour isn’t complete without this recipe from Ahn’s Food Blog. These meatballs really stand out with an extra crunch from tiny bits of water chestnut. Add them to a Vietnamese banh mi, and friend, you have a meatball sandwich like no other.