Homemade Haitian Meatballs, traditional, simple and delicious. Haitian Meatballs is made with ground beef and spices. No other ground meat is part of the recipe. The meatballs are usually made with a light tomato and onion sauce, almost like a Sauce ti-Malice. This dish is sometimes paired with Rice with Red Beans or White Rice and a Bean Gravy/Sauce.
When making Haitian Meatballs, it is not suggested to buy a very lean ground beef as with any other meatballs recipe. When meatballs are made with a very lean ground beef, the meat is dry and crumbly. The higher the percentage of lean meat to fat, the leaner the meat is. Ground beef is made from ground chuck or ground round. When buying ground beef, the packaging should be tightly sealed, and the meat should be bright red in color.
The meatballs are made with onions, garlic, green pepper, egg, vinegar, bread, thyme, parsley salt, and pepper. Because the bread is soaked in milk it contains more moisture. The egg is added so all the ingredients could bind together and not fall apart. The ground beef is then shaped into round balls and fried to make meatballs.
I prefer making the meatballs not too big and not too small because I always worry about the center not cooking thoroughly. When that happens, the best thing to do is to place the meatballs in an oven heated at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 – 15 minutes.
If you are looking for a meatball recipe without the heavy tomato sauce or gravy make the Haitian Meatballs for your next meal.