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Frying meatballs
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January 10, 2014
Frying meatballs

Frying meatballs before adding them to the sauce adds another layer of flavor and creates a crust that holds the meat together so the ball doesn’t break apart in the sauce. Another way to form the crust on the meatballs is to roast them in the oven before adding them to the sauce. This it is not always essential, and un-fried/unbaked meatballs can be quite good providing they have lots of sauce to cook in. So if you choose the un-fried method, increase the sauce by a third or decrease the meatballs by a third. Either way you will have delicious flavorful meatballs to enjoy.