The Chew: Merry Meatballs & Herbed Sour Cream Recipe


The Chew: Merry Meatballs

Michael Symon, dressed in white like everyone else in the studio, was thrilled to prepare a dish for their Jingle Bell Jam episode. An audience member got to spin the wheel to determine whether Michael cooked with beef or pork. Although it landed on beef, Michael admitted that the recipe likely would’ve been the same no matter which meat he was given. That’s good news for you if you only have one available! He transformed the beef into his Merry Meatballs, which are actually smaller than the meatballs you’re used to, and fried instead of baked.

Click next page to find out how to make these tasty meatballs!


The Chew: Merry Meatballs Recipe Ingredients

The Chew: Merry Meatballs Recipe

Michael Symon’s Merry Meatballs are slightly smaller than typical Italian meatballs, and fried to a crispy for a tasty, flavorful bite. (anniemole / Flickr)

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic – peeled, grated
  • 1/4 C scallions – sliced thin
  • 1/4 C mint – roughly mint
  • 1/4 C bread crumbs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 C olive oil
  • 1 lime – zested
  • 1 piece ginger – peeled, grated, 1-inch piece
  • 1/4 C cilantro – roughly chopped
  • 1 egg
  • flour – to dredge

For the Herbed Sour Cream:

  • 1 C sour cream
  • 1/4 C mint – roughly chopped
  • 1 head bibb lettuce – leaves separated, to serve
  • 2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/4 C cilantro – roughly chopped
  • 1 lime – juiced


The Chew: Merry Meatballs Recipe Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a shallow pan over medium heat
  2. In a large bowl, add the lime zest, beef, ginger, garlic, cilantro, scallions, egg, mint, and bread crumbs
  3. Gently mix to combine then season with salt and pepper
  4. Form into 1-inch balls and dredge in the flour
  5. Put in the hot olive oil and fry until golden brown and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes
  6. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate

For the Herbed Sour Cream:

  1. In a small bowl, add the sour cream, cilantro, hot sauce, lime juice, and mint
  2. Mix to combine
  3. Put a meatball and a dollop of sour cream in a lettuce cup and serve


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