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Culinary Building Blocks to Elevate Your Meatballs

Part 1: Quick Basic Panade for Meatballs

This basic panade is great for meatballs and meat patties and can be served in a lot of different ways.
Use less ingredients for standard burger patties that are supposed to be more meaty.​

Variations for the Basic Panade

  • Bread slice:
    • add another slice
    • or substitute with one bread roll
  • Milk: Substitute with water or any other milk.
  • Onions (finely chopped): Add them raw or fry them first until soft.
  • Tip! Add seasoning paste: 1-2 tsp of mustard or any grill sauce.
  • Tip! Add 1 tbsp grated parmesan.
Popular Herbs

Spices & Herbs

Recommended spices:

  • cumin, fennel, garlic, paprika

Recommended Starting Point:

  • Herbs: dried 1 tsp or fresh 1 tbsp up to a 1/2 bunch
  • Spices: 1 tsp to 1 tbsp

Part 2: Basic Panade for Meatballs - Variations

Basic Panade for Meatballs
Panade Starch Options
Starch Options
  • breadcrumbs or panko or stale bread (roll)
  • coarse ground nuts
  • corn or potato starch
  • tapioca or arrowroot
  • flour
Panade Liquid Options
Liquid Options
  • water
  • milk, buttermilk
  • yogurt, heavy cream
  • raw egg or just the yolk
  • seasoning sauce (e.g. mustard or soy sauce)

Part 3: Choose from Plenty of Additional Ingredients

Meatballs Frequent Ingredients
Add to the Basic Panade:
  • (green) onions or shallots
  • herbs: parsley, chives, cilantro, or other herbs
  • garlic
special ingredients
Used in International Recipes:
  • baking soda or powder
  • ginger
  • fresh vegetables: tomatoes, bell pepper, jicama
  • cooked lentils
Meatballs Filling & Toppings
Used in International Recipes:
  • boiled or fried egg
  • nuts & dried fruits
  • fresh fruits (e.g. pineapple)
  • fresh, fried, or pickled vegetables (e.g. onions, eggplant, beetroot)

Part 4: Add Variety with Form, Preparation, or Serving Style

  • Cook cherry-sized balls in butter and Arabian spices.
  • Fry Balkan style finger-sized sausages.
  • Cook stuffed tennisball-sized balls in sauce and Persian spices.
Meatballs Sizes & Forms
Meatballs Preparation Methods

International Meatball Recipes

Simple Ingredients & Just Fried

Balkan Ćevapčići with Đuveč
Balkan Ćevapčići with Đuveč

Just baking soda, water, and garlic. No spices.

Let rest overnight. Fry them.

Persian Kabob Koobideh
Persian Kabob Koobideh

Garlic, grated onions, and a Persian spice blend.

Fry them.

Turkish Urfa Kebab
Turkish Urfa Kebab

Bell pepper, tomato, parsley, garlic, and Urfa pepper.

Fry them.

Regular Ingredients - Cook, Bake, or Fry

Moroccan Kefta Tagine
Moroccan Kefta Tagine

Cilantro, parsley, shallots, and an Arabian spice blend.

Cook in butter.

Top with eggs.

Swedish Köttbullar
Swedish Köttbullar

Egg, milk, breadcrumbs, and a Swedish spice blend.

Cook and brown in butter.

Greek Keftedes
Greek Keftedes

Egg, milk, breadcrumbs, fried garlic & onions, parsley, and a Greek spice blend.

Bake them.

Asian Buddha Bowl
Asian Buddha Bowl

Egg yolk, panko, garlic, onions, chives, and an Asian spice blend.

Coat in panko. Fry them.

Fancy Variations

Aussie Burger
Tasmanian Aussie Burger

Regular burger patties.

Add caramelized pineapple and pickled beetroots.

Serve with a tomato-kiwi salad with Tasmanian pepper.

Japanese Tsukune
Japanese Tsukune

Ginger, onions, soy sauce, egg, and starch.

Fry them. Coat with sauce.

Sprinkle with a Japanese spice blend.

Vietnamese Bánh Mì Xíu Mại
Vietnamese Bánh Mì Xíu Mại

Fried garlic and onions, jicama, starch.

Steam. Then cook in sauce with a Vietnamese spice blend.

Serve in bun with pickles.

Persian Koofteh Tabrizi
Persian Koofteh Tabrizi

Egg, onion, parsley, cooked split peas, cooked rice, and a Persian spice blend.

Optional: Fill with boiled egg,  nuts, and dried fruits.

Cook in sauce with a Persian spice blend.