meatballs

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by swedzfish2, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. swedzfish2

    swedzfish2

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    Hi,
    I have 16 people coming over Saturday. I am making 75 meatballs in sauce and baked ziti.I was wondering what size should I make them? I don't like big meatballs. I was going to make them about the size of a golfball. Do you think it would look like I'm being cheap if they are that small?

    Thank you!
     
  2. ed buchanan

    ed buchanan

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    For pasta 2 ounce (size of Golfball)is plenty 75 meatballs x 2ounces =150 ounces is to much for 16 people so be ready to freeze some. let them finish cooking in the sauce so they get flavor and give flavor also they stay nice and moist. 3 meatballs each will suffice thats a 6 0z. portion not counting pasta and bread and salad. So you need 48 meatballs or 96 ounces for 16 guest
     
  3. kyheirloomer

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    First off, there's nothing small about golfball sized meatballs. I don't understand where you got the idea they were.

    75 is an awful lot for that crowd. You're talking more than 4 1/2 meatballs per person, along with the baked zita and whatever else you intend serving. As Ed notes, 3 per would be more than sufficient.

    I reckon, if you stick to your origninal plan, the reaction won't be that you're cheap. It'll be, "why did he put out all that food?"
     
  4. swedzfish2

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    thank you very much!
     
  5. maryb

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    Ice cream scoop makes meatballs easier and keeps them all about the same size.
     
  6. koukouvagia

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    Meatball size is in the eye of the beholder lol. I like my meatballs to be the size of an eyeball. Any bigger than that and I'll walk right pasta them on the buffet.
     
  7. mrsbushaxe

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    I too use a scoop but use the small scooper that is about a tablespoon and a half in each scoop. I made meatballs last week this way.

    Basic Meatballs

    They froze well. I made a huge batch and there are just 3 of us. The family keeps taking them out of the freezer and eating them as snacks. :lol:
     
  8. bluesed

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    The size of a ping pong ball, and 3 for each dish is what i use. I cook the meatballs in a tomato sauce made with onion, cumin, salt, pepper, chipotle and fresh chopped coriander.
    Serve with rice or pasta