Friday, July 19, 2013

Summertime Grilled Meatball Skewers

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I know...

Can you tell I have a skewering fetish yet?  <sigh>  Everything you skewer always looks so pretty and appetizing.  Whether it's a kebab of fruit, chicken, beef etc.  It is so appealing, it calls to you; "pick me, what are you waiting for"?  See?  I know!  We do eat with our eyes first, so that probably has something to do with it.

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This is such a simple, simple recipe and as you can see the presentation...
Did I mention very budget friendly too?  All you need are meatballs and cherry or grape tomatoes and skewers.  That's it.  How easy right?  The reason why I absolutely love using meatballs is because you do not have to marinade them.  All the flavor is INSIDE the meatballs...
They are moist, bursting with flavor and just full of summer love!
I can tell you that I usually double the recipe because if your family is anything like mine, they like to sneak into the refrigerator for leftovers.

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Prep time: 20 minutes (include skewering)
Cook time: 15-18 minutes
Yield: 24 meatballs or 6 skewers


1lb ground beef (I used 90/10%)
1/2 cup bread crumbs (any kind)

1/4 cups water (trust me - this is what makes them so moist.  You can certainly use white wine if you want)
1/8 cup Parmesan or Pecorino Roman grated cheese
1 small onion finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint or parsley
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1 egg slightly beaten
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Additional Ingredients:
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
Pinch of Kosher or Sea Salt & black pepper
6 bamboo skewers

-Prepare your meatballs, roll into 24 meatballs, set on a plate and place in refrigerator till ready to skewer. You can do this earlier in the day, I usually do.  Or you can assemble and set aside.  

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-Rinse your cherry tomatoes and slightly dry.  Pop one in your mouth, *what*?  In a small bowl add your tomatoes.  Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle your dried seasonings, toss to coat all the tomatoes.

-Soak your bamboo skewers for about 10 minutes to ensure they are not going to burn on the grill.

-Preheat your grill to medium high heat.

-Take your meatballs out of the refrigerator let them warm up for a few minutes. 

-Thread your skewers with the meatballs and tomatoes alternately.

-Grill till meatballs are cooked through and your tomatoes are nicely roasted.

-Take off of the grill and serve with your favorite side!!  

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How easy was that right?  I know!  Did I mention absolutely delicious too?  Trust me, they are too die for!

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. Yum! You should always make at least a double batch of meatballs! Even more if you started with the grill and they have that extra crips/grilled flavor. Tons of other meals can follow with them. Yours look delish!!!!

    1. Thank you Alex, very easy my friend as you can see!!

  2. I love this Didi! I'm watching my wallet and this is perfect for me- and looks so festive.

    1. Hello Linda dolly, I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! ♥

  3. Hi Didi, your meatballs sound delicious and do look very moist!!Very nice presentation! Wish you a great weekend, XO

    1. Hello Mia Xara and welcome! Thank you so much, they are one of our favorites!! You have a great weekend as well!!

  4. You know.. thats just too danged easy & its yummy enough to thrill a man's heart. ;)
    Making this soon.. with mint. ;)

  5. Count me in my friend! Those meatballs are lip licking!

  6. What a great idea, Didi. Skewed food makes such a nice presentation. you have trouble with the meatballs wanting to turn on the skewers?

    1. I used to, but now I pick up the skewer and turn it instead of turning it on the grill. Does that make sense Karen?

  7. LOVE this idea! I want to try it with using ground chicken or turkey as I don't eat beef (high cholesterol). This recipe looks and sound great!

  8. (This is Donna Bardocz) This sounds great Didi! I am going to try with using ground turkey or chicken as I don't eat beef anymore(I had high cholesterol). What a fun and great looking recipe for summertime! :-)

    1. ground turkey or chicken should work just fine Donna! ♥