Meatballs make the perfect dish for a Monday night supper, a Saturday night dinner party or a Sunday feast. And here are 60 recipes for meatballs like you've never seen them before – Meatballs rustico, devoured with crusty bread to sop up the delectable sauce; Seared beef carpaccio meatballs, best eaten glass of Prosecco in hand; Pork, ginger and lemongrass meatballs; Lobster meatballs. There are recipes for lamb, chicken, fish, prawns, venison and duck. There are even vegetarian (meat)balls – Corn and quinoa balls; Chickpea and cauliflower balls; Tofu with mushroom balls. Almost as important as the meatballs themselves are what they are served with. Select from 20 ideas for sotte palle (literally 'underneath the balls'), from Creamy polenta or Roasted fennel to Wasabi slaw, Cheesy bread or Toasted quinoa. Top with one of the 20 sauces such as Aioli, Red wine and onion or Creamy mushroom, then sprinkle with Truffle salt or Crushed pistachios – and tuck in.
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Matteo Bruno is a film and television producer with several feature films and many hours of broadcast television credits to his name, including Stefano’s Cooking Paradiso and Ask the Butcher. He launched Flinders Lane Food & Beverage Company, importing the finest Italian wines and representing some of Australia’s most celebrated wine makers.