Everyone loves meatballs. I certainly do, because I often made too many meatballs for my spaghetti that I did not know what to do with them. If you’re also a meat lover, you might be asking what to serve with meatballs; aside from pasta?
I will share with you some of the foods that will make your meatball dining experience more exciting.
Here are nine foods that are surprisingly tasty when paired with meatballs:
What Goes Good with Meatballs?
Brown Rice with Gravy
A meal is not complete without carbohydrates and what better way to get them but through rice. Unlike your typical white rice where almost every coating is taken out, brown rice only has its hull removed. It’s much healthier and is proven to reduce the risk of diabetes, high cholesterol, and even cancer.
The stickiness of the rice compliments well with the tenderness of the meatball. Pour in some gravy, and you have a meal that you can eat anytime of the day. I love making this dish because it’s easy to prepare and gives your body ample of energy.
Here are some of my meatball and brown rice recipes you should try:
Corn is a staple food that you can buy almost anywhere. They are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B, potassium and other essential nutrients. I love eating corn because they are chewy and can easily be prepared quickly by just boiling or grilling.
When you put corn on a meatball dish, it brings some sweetness to the food. Corn is also a great side dish especially when they are together with other veggies like carrots and green peas. Aside from kernels, other forms of corn such as corn cream and corn flakes are also great combos for meatballs.
Below are some of the recipes that perfectly combine corn and meatballs:
Whoever said wine is only good for fine dining? I often have leftover wine in the fridge before, and it wasn’t until I’ve done some research that I found out that meatballs are a good match. Drinking wine in moderate servings during dinner is a satisfying treat because it helps us to de-stress and reduce the risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases.
The taste of wine and the flavors of traditional saucy meatball dish don’t overpower one another and instead brings out a complete gastronomic experience. The wine also doesn’t necessarily need to be expensive, even ones bought in the local supermarket can upgrade your meatball eating experience.
Pairing the right wine and meatball dish is quite a long read, so I am leaving you with this helpful guide:
Your best bet in getting most of the nutrients you need is by consuming lots of vegetables. But sometimes you also need to veer away from the usually boiled veggies that often have a bland flavor. I always prefer my veggies roasted because they tend to be crispy while keeping the flavors intact.
Some of the veggies I like to put in my meatball dish are potatoes, carrots, garlic, beans, and broccoli. You can also try other veggies, but in my opinion, these are the best vegetables you can roast and serve with meatball. The best part about using herbs is you can chop them into small bits so as your picky eaters won’t suspect that it’s not just meatballs they are eating.
Here are some meatballs and roasted veggies I recommend especially for moms:
If you’re not so much into roasting, you can also try baking your meatball and vegetables. Beans, in particular, bring to the table a homey feeling in any dish. I love cooking baked beans because they quickly fill you with energy; perfect to re-energize after a tiring day.
Baked beans are an excellent source of protein, iron, folate and dietary fiber. It is also low in sugar and saturated fat, which makes it a guilt-free meal. When paired with meatballs, the new baked beans dish becomes one of the most readily available post-training recovery foods.
Whether you’re an athlete or just into fitness, you’ll surely like these recipes:
Coleslaw with BBQ Sauce
In all my years cooking, I always believed that you don’t need to add a lot of ingredients to make a dish taste great. Upgrading your meatballs, for example, only takes a coleslaw and barbecue sauce to make it into a complete meal. You can serve them as is or put them in a bun and make a hamburger out of it.
The crunchiness and slight sweetness of coleslaw compliments well meaty flavor of the meatballs. Add in barbecue sauce, and you have a hearty meal that can surely satisfy your appetite. Cabbage, which is the main ingredient of coleslaw, also has cancer-fighting properties and is found to lower cholesterol.
It’s also easy to prepare meatball and coleslaw dishes, like these:
Macaroni and Cheese
The stickiness of the cheese and the chewiness of the macaroni give it a pure flavor. No wonder, they are a hit among kids and adults alike. It’s one of my go-to comfort food in times when I need to have a hearty side dish or snack.
You can also be creative when creating a combo of Mac & Cheese and meatballs. To make it more creative, I put the Mac & Cheese around the meatball and arrange it so it would look like a cupcake. However, I try to limit the amount because this dish is high in calories and sodium.
I chance into a unique Mac and Cheese recipe with a slight twist. Here is its recipe:
Nothing beats a bowl of stew to warm up your gut and make you feel energetic. Pair it with rice or wide egg noodles and you have a delightful meal to power you throughout the day. Instead of using the usual meat slices, I usually just substitute meatballs because the latter is more fun to eat.
Although it takes longer to prepare this dish than any item on this list, I still think it’s still worth it. With loads of fresh vegetables and a thick sauce enriched with spices, meatball stews are just overflowing with flavors. It’s easily one of the most Instagram-able dishes because of its appetizing colors.
The following are some of the best recipes of meatball stews that I strongly recommend:
This list is not complete without the food we always want to be delivered to our doorstep- pizza. I always loved my pizza meaty with lots of cheese and vegetable toppings. While I am more than satisfied by the pizzas offered by some pizza parlors, there are times I just want to create my own.
Having an oven is not even a pre-requisite for you to make a sumptuous pizza with meatballs as toppings. There are tons of recipes you can search online where the pizza is cooked in a frying pan.
Here is a simple step by step procedure on how to do it:
Meatballs without a doubt put more fun into cooking and eating our food. It is not so much about its shape, but also on the added ingredients in it that makes it more exciting than your regular slab of meat. When paired correctly to particular types of food, meatballs can improve the dish’s taste and presentation.
Do you also love meatballs like I do? Share with us which food you think is a great pair with meatballs and don’t be shy to write your comment below.