Happy National Meatball Day! Celebrate With 11 Meatball Recipes That Are Next-Level Nom

There are more than 365 food-themed holidays per year, which is fantastic because eating should always be a celebration, no matter the dish or day. But one holiday in particular is one that deserves a spot on your calendar, a flavor-packed recipe extravaganza, and prime real estate in your growling belly. National Meatball Day is so much fun because meatballs have gone way beyond center stage on a plate of spaghetti. They are now made of several kinds of meat, and work in really any dish. In honor of this historic day, here are 11 meatball recipes that will absolutely make your tastebuds dance with glee. Happy Meatball Day to us all!

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by Chrissa Hardy

Lamb Meatballs in Lemon Sauce

Most meatball dishes seem heavy and extremely filling, but these are light, fluffy, and just lovely balls of lamb meat…. that sounded a lot less disgusting in my head, btw.

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Spiced Apple Swedish Meatballs

If you miss fall and all of its cozy glory, then this dish is my gift to you. Using apple butter, cayenne pepper, honey, and a bunch of other things, these meatballs will love you as much as you love them.

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Italian Turkey Meatballs

Perfect on top of pasta, on a sub roll with melted cheese, or just on their own out of a bowl, these meatballs are amazeballs.

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Open-Faced Beef Stroganoff Meatball Sandwiches

The sandwich you’d normally see with sliced steak tastes just as good, if not better, with spiced meatballs. Add a side of chips or fries, and you’ve got yourself the best meal on EARTH.

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Mini Italian Meatball Mac and Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Is it weird that I want to hug these peppers? Have you ever wanted to hug a plate of food before? That’s how perfecto this recipe is.

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Greek Meatballs in Pita with Tzatziki

These meatballs can be made with lamb, pork, turkey, or ground beef, and will taste incredible no matter which one you choose. It’s all about the pita and tzatziki.

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Turkey Pesto Meatballs

Pesto is a distinct taste, and when added to these meatballs, it gives them a distinctly kick-ass flavor. Enjoy.

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Mexican Spiced Meatballs with Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce

You had me at homemade nacho cheese sauce.

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IKEA Swedish Meatballs

Nobody does meatballs like IKEA, but now you can make them at home without the frustrating process of buying and building a bookcase.

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Peanut Butter and Bacon Meatball Subs

Three things that probably shouldn’t go together: peanut butter, bacon, and meatballs. But you know what? It just works.

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Veal Meatballs in Red Wine Sauce

Who wouldn’t support a meal that contains wine you can drink AND eat? Yes. Please.

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