How To Make Meatballs Without Bread Crumbs?


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Ian Marshall Profile
Ian Marshall answered
Some may think it is not possible to substitute any ingredient in their prize winning meatball recipe, but you can make meatballs without bread crumbs.  The key is to find substitutes for the bread crumbs.  There are many expected and unexpected choices available.  Crackers, hot cereals like malt-o-meal and oatmeal, and cold ones like corn or wheat flakes are great alternatives to bread crumbs.  Bread crumbs, crust or toast serve as filler for your meatballs.  They help them stick together when you fry, broil, bake, or grill them.   You can get pretty creative when you run out of those bread crumbs.  If you have a blender and some other starch (potatoes, rice, couscous?!), you may get the same effect you would get from the bread crumbs.  You are after consistency and taste. Think about it; you don’t really taste the bread crumbs in the meatballs, do you?  Herb and spices can replace the artificial flavorings in breads and bread crumbs.  There are too many recipes available on the Internet to name, however most major cereal sites for hot and cold cereals have recipes for bread crumb free meatballs. Look at the packaging on your crackers, rice, potatoes, and even couscous and you just may find a recipe for bread crumb free meatballs.
Aisha Profile
Aisha answered
There are a number of alternatives to bread crumbs so you don't have to worry about using them. The basic purpose of bread crumbs is that they help the balls stick together. For this purpose, You can use uncooked finely crushed rice and it will help them stick together. You can also use egg that helps them stick together. You can use crushed corn flakes or corn flour or oatmeal for the same purpose.
Debi Wagner Profile
Debi Wagner answered
No need to use any filler, 1 egg and a dash of steak sauce.
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Anonymous answered

Yesterday I made Frikkadels meat Balls got the idea from the website clubnoor...Its a classic Dutch recipe which has been given a slight twist by the Burghers, an ethnic Eurasian community, from Sri Lanka. These meatballs are a must for ‘Lamprise’, which is a dish consisting of rice and curried meat, all wrapped up and steamed in banana leaves. They can also be served as a starter along with a spicy dipping sauce.


1 tsp  ground cinnamon

500 gm  minced beef

1 tbsp  Noor margarine

1 small  onion, finely chopped

½ cup  soft white breadcrumbs

1½ tsp salt

½ tsp  ground black pepper

1 tbsp  vinegar

1 tbsp  chopped fresh mint

¼ tsp  ground cinnamon

¼ tsp  ground cloves

1 clove  garlic, minced

½ tsp  finely grated ginger

1 egg, beaten

How to Make:

Heat the margarine in a small frying pan and gently fry onions until soft.In a separate bowl, combine minced beef, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, chopped mint, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, ginger, vinegar and the fried onions. Mix well and shape into small balls. Dip the meatballs, one at a time, in beaten egg and then roll in the breadcrumbs untill well coated. Heat oil in a deep frying pan. Once the oil is nice and hot, fry the meatballs over a high heat until golden and cooked through. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot.

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