When you think of meatballs, you may think of Spaghetti and Meatballs first. However, it might surprise you to know that this is not an authentic Italian dish. According to Fine Dining Lovers "Meatballs in Italy never touch pasta. They are a separate course…" Instead, meatballs are served on their own and called Polpette. Look for them to be rather large - a couple of inches in diameter.
If you speak Italian, you can get a very authentic recipe here. But for those who are Italian-language-challenged, here’s a recipe from Cooking Italian with Joe:
Of course, you’ll need the sauce to go with it:
The American version of spaghetti and meatballs is found in "red sauce joints". It may not be authentic, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t tasty.
These baked meatballs look amazing:
Next up, how about some Swedish meatballs?
My foster mother used to make Swedish meatballs from scratch, and they were the star of the annual Swedish Smorgasbord held at church.
Here’s an Ikea-like version:
And, who can argue with Alton Brown?
How about Turkish Meatballs?
Here’s Lamb Kofte
Spanish Meatballs are called Albondigas.
Mexican Meatball soup
Polish Meatballs - these are called Kotlets.
Gordon Ramsey offers three different takes on meatballs here, not sure they can be classified as any particular ethnicity, but they sure look interesting.