National Meatball Day

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National Meatball Day
United States
National Meatball Day

March 9th annually observes National Meatball Day, a celebration of the beloved culinary creation known as the meatball. These are small balls made from ground or minced meat, often combined with ingredients such as bread crumbs, eggs, minced onion, butter, and seasoning. Meatballs are versatile, prepared by frying, baking, steaming, or braising in sauce. While beef, pork, and veal are popular choices, meatballs can be crafted with chicken, fish, or even vegan alternatives.

Originally associated with spaghetti, meatballs have evolved to feature in a myriad of dishes worldwide. Different meats and spices contribute to a diverse array of meatball varieties. From the well-known Spaghetti and Meatballs to Swedish Meatballs, Meatball Sub, Meatball Pizza, Turkey Meatballs, Lamb Meatballs, and the unique Porcupine Meatballs made with rice, the culinary possibilities are extensive.

Meatball recipes have diverse origins, with various versions found across Europe and Asia. The kofta family, ranging from Iberia to India, showcases the versatility of this culinary creation. In New York alone, over 50 different meatball varieties are served, reflecting the widespread appreciation for this delectable dish.