Do you have to put breadcrumbs in meatballs?

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asked Jan 8, 2020 in Recipes by eritecampbe (310 points)
Do you have to put breadcrumbs in meatballs?

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answered Jan 9, 2020 by Judy (56,120 points)
You don't have to put breadcrumbs in meatballs if you don't want too.

However if you do not put breadcrumbs in your meatballs the meatballs can fall apart so you should put breadcrumbs in the meatballs to keep the meatballs from falling apart.

The breadcrumbs in meatballs help to add texture as well as work as a binding agent to keep the meatballs from falling apart.

You also add eggs to the meatballs along with the breadcrumbs which helps the meatballs stay together.

The last time I made meatballs without breadcrumbs they didn't hold together properly and started falling apart so I make sure to use both eggs and breadcrumbs in the meatballs to help hold the meatballs together.
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answered Nov 24 by Christeenlia (20,040 points)
Meatballs that are fully cooked should not be a little pink as that means they are not fully cooked.

Meatballs are ground meat rolled into a ball, sometimes along with other ingredients, such as bread crumbs, minced onion, eggs, butter, and seasoning.

Meatballs are cooked by frying, baking, steaming, or braising in sauce.

There are many types of meatballs using different types of meats and spices.

A really good meatball is about 50 percent meat and 50 percent breadcrumbs.

The true secret to good meatballs is day-old bread, soaked in milk or water, to bring lightness to the mixture.

When you cook beef, pork or veal for too long, it starts to get tougher.

But the bread in meatballs never gets tough.

Baking the meatballs gives the meatballs a little more flavor without additional oil since you are searing the outside under the broiler in your oven.

Raw meatballs can be cooked in with the tomato sauce without cooking them first.

I prefer to brown the meatballs first a little and then add the browned meatballs to the tomato sauce for additional cooking.

The browning of the meatballs makes the meatballs in the tomato sauce taste better and they cook faster in the tomato sauce as well.

But you can always just add the raw meatballs in with the tomato sauce and cook them that way.

Just make sure to cook the meatballs in the tomato sauce until the meatballs are fully cooked and are no longer pink.

If the meatballs have some pink to them then they need cooked longer.

It takes around 25 to 30 minutes to cook meatballs in sauce.

Or you can add tomato sauce to a slow cooker and then add meatballs to the tomato sauce and cook them overnight slowly.

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