March 9, 2022 — National Meatball Day

Meatballs are most likely a divine gift-early recipes for meatballs may be discovered in ancient Chinese, Arabic, and Roman texts-and every culture appears to have their unique variation! The most common meats are beef, pork, and veal, although they may also be made with chicken, fish, or even vegan. Let us all celebrate National Meatball Day on March 9th.

TIMELINE FOR NATIONAL MEATBALL DAY

Ancient Recipe from 221 B.C.

The first recipe for meatballs was discovered in China.

Recipes from Rome in the 1st century A.D.

Meatball appears five times in “Apicius”, a compendium of Roman recipes.

The Italian Job, 1880

Spaghetti and meatballs are introduced to Americans by Italian immigrants.
Holy Hoagie from the 20th century

The meatball sandwich is invented as an Italian-American hybrid.

NATIONAL MEATBALL DAY EVENTS

Determine your city’s ‘meatball king (or queen)’

On March 9, restaurants around the country will celebrate by offering special deals on meatballs. Gather a group of friends and go put them to the test! Let us know who rules over your city.

Throw a meatball and mead party

Wine and cheese are really dull. Meat. Meatballs. Done. For the next week or two, you’ll undoubtedly be the coolest kid on the block.

Learn how to make Grandma’s meatballs

Food from Grandma’s house always tastes better—isn’t it about time you discovered her secret? Is there a specific herb, a shortcut, or a method of cooking? Spend some time today with Grandma, and you’ll be rewarded with more than just a delicious lunch.

WHY DO WE ENJOY NATIONAL MEATBALL DAY?

Every culture has its own meatball customs

Every region of the world has its own meatball customs and history—frikadellers, kofta, polpette, albondigas! Whatever you call it, meat, spices, and a lot of love combine to make delicious balls of bliss.

Meatballs have fun with sauce, all kinds of sauce

Why restrict yourself to spaghetti and meatballs with a tomato sauce (as great as that is) when meatballs go so well with so many other foods? A creamy curry sauce elevates vegetarian kofta, while an herbaceous, acidic chimichurri elevates rabbit albondigas.

Even the pickiest eaters will find something to like

Meatballs are a perennial favourite among both children and adults due to their playful (and tasty) character. You might not know what you want to eat…but chances are, if you see a few juicy, meaty orbs sitting in front of you, you’ll dive right in!

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