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Old 12-17-2007, 08:36 AM   #1
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Problem cooking meatballs

Hi Guys, I'm a newbie who is learning how to cook. Recently I have problem cooking meatballs. When I put the meatballs into the frying pan (which was covered with cooking oil & butter), the balls immediately sticked onto the surface of the pan.

And by the time I tried to roll or move the balls, the surface of the balls peeled off, therefore the shape of the meatballs was ruined.. Was it because the heat was too high? I notice that the meatball's surface that touched the pan first turned will blackish quickly (a sign of overcooked?).

Does anyone have any ideas to solve this problem?

Thanks! =)

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Old 12-17-2007, 08:49 AM   #2
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Firstly, welcome to DC Helcifer. Was the oil/butter smoking? My initial thoughts are that either the pan was too hot, insufficient oil/butter, or too gluggy mixture.

Try having it not so hot or putting a bit more oil in. You could also try flouring the meatballs before putting in the pan.
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:35 AM   #3
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I bake them on my broiler pan. No sticking, turn only once, they also don't sit in the grease that way.
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:37 AM   #4
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Last time I made mini chicken rissoles, I poached them in chicken stock. They didn't stick that way either!! Don't know that that helps though! LOL
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:39 AM   #5
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Plus, it sounds like you didn't let the meat "release" before you tried turning. Of course if they were turning black, I can see why you might not wait.
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:41 AM   #6
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Yeah, they do say to place in the pan and then pick it up again so it doesn't stick...
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Old 12-17-2007, 10:25 AM   #7
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You can also cook meatballs in the microwave on a bacon rack, and they won't need to be turned at all. They don't get brown, but they taste just as good in the sauce.
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Old 12-17-2007, 10:30 AM   #8
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Hi Guys, I'm a newbie who is learning how to cook. Recently I have problem cooking meatballs. When I put the meatballs into the frying pan (which was covered with cooking oil & butter), the balls immediately sticked onto the surface of the pan.

And by the time I tried to roll or move the balls, the surface of the balls peeled off, therefore the shape of the meatballs was ruined.. Was it because the heat was too high? I notice that the meatball's surface that touched the pan first turned will blackish quickly (a sign of overcooked?).

Does anyone have any ideas to solve this problem?

Thanks! =)

I brown metballs in a pan too. I think it gives them the best flavor.

When you put raw meatballs into a hot pan, they will stick at first. You must leave them alone and they will unstick by themselves. That's normal. Then you can turn them and repeat the process.

This sticking and unsticking is normal. It happens with all meats. If the meatballs are burning, that is, beyond their getting a nice brown crust, turn down the heat a little.
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Old 12-17-2007, 10:37 AM   #9
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a Little oil and keep the lid on at a low heat, they part Steam cook that way too, I don`t use any binder either, just the fresh mince itself, no egg or flour used in mine.

once they form and become "solid" (not likely to break apart) then you can crank up the fire a little and sautee them to whatever color you like :)
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Old 12-17-2007, 10:44 AM   #10
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I like cooking meatballs in a pan this way too, when I place them in, the oil is sizzling hot because I like to get that nice browned coating on the outside. What I do is I put them in very quickly and immediately pick up the pan and move it around back and forth and side to side so the meatballs are getting coated with oil on all sides and they never stick to the pan or to each other.

After they get the coating I reduce the heat. If the balls stuck immediately to your pan, it sounds like it must have been too hot and the oil burned off leaving you with little if any oil.
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