These easy skillet meatballs are moist and tender, thanks to the combination of ground beef, pork, and veal, and the addition of heavy cream. Made on the stovetop, they’re ready within minutes for a quick dinner.
Easy Skillet Meatballs
- Quick Glance
- Quick Glance
- 25 M
- 45 M
- Serves 4
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over a medium heat. Add the onions and cook until softened and golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Tip the onions out of the pan and onto a plate to cool.
Combine the breadcrumbs with the cream in a large bowl and let them sit until they soak up most off the cream and swell, 3 to 5 minutes. (The bread may not soak up all the cream and that’s okay.)
Add the cooled onion and the egg to the breadcrumb mixture and mix everything together well. (If you prefer a less crumbly meatball, first squeeze the soaked breadcrumbs gently and drain the excess cream.) In a separate bowl, mix the beef, veal, and pork until thoroughly combined. Add the meats to the bread mixture, season well with salt and pepper, and then mix everything together, preferably with your hands.
Shape the meatballs mixture into balls the size of a small walnut using a heaping tablespoon for each. You should have about 20 meatballs.
Melt the remaining tablespoon butter in a large https://leitesculinaria.com/product/valencia-non-stick-skillet-set over a medium heat. Fry the meatballs, working in batches if necessary, and turning as necessary, until brown all over, about 15 minutes total. You may need to add more butter to the skillet. Serve plain, with a dipping sauce, atop spaghetti, or however else you please.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
“Why complicate meatballs?” That’s the message I read in this recipe, and I couldn’t agree more. Save your fancy ingredients or cooking techniques for another dinner. Fresh bread crumbs and cream make these meatballs melt-in-your-mouth tender, and the sweet onion, salt, and white pepper give them a flavor that's down to earth.
At my home, these meatballs were enjoyed as part of a comforting weekend dinner, along with Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Crunchy Crumb Topping and zucchini, yellow summer squash, and red bell peppers sautéed in olive oil and simply seasoned with salt and pepper. I used a slightly heaping #60 scoop (about 1 tablespoon, I think) to shape the meatballs.
One thing to note: Since the meat mixture was quite moist, the meatballs didn’t keep their round shape during cooking. When you first put them in the skillet, and every time you turn them, where the meatballs “sit” becomes flat, making them shaped somewhat like tiny pyramids with round corners—imperfection that is part of the charm of a home-cooked meal. To make fresh breadcrumbs, I put 2 slices of white sandwich bread (with the crust cut off) through the food processor and measured 3/4 cup.
Let me start off by saying around my house spaghetti and meatballs is an almost weekly thing. When the list of recipes to test comes out, I have my daughter pick out a few recipes that she wants us to do together. This week she immediately saw meatballs and wanted to make them. I usually just make meatballs with beef and pork, veal is a little pricey for us. But for once I wanted to give it a try. Why have I not been doing this the whole time? A+.
I would maybe try less cream next time as it just seems way too wet, although most of the meatballs held their shape during cooking, some fell apart. Other than that, they tasted great! So good I might have snacked on 1 or 2 or…okay 5. I'm thinking I'm making these for a party next week as appetizers, they are so good on their own!