A meatball recipe can be incredibly personal to a cook. From the type of meat used to the amount of bread or breadcrumbs in the mix, the recipe will change with each person you talk to. And the variation will likely depend on the type of meatball that person ate growing up. Chef Magnus Nilsson likes to follow his grandmother's recipe by soaking breadcrumbs in milk and cream to create super tender meatballs. He uses equal pats ground beef and ground pork and serves the dish with lingonberry jam and mashed potatoes. Use Food & Wine's guide to see what other delicious family meatball recipes you can dig up.

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Beef-and-Fonio Meatballs with Sweet Potato Stew

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Cooked until fluffy and dry like couscous, fonio, a West African staple grain, keeps the meatballs tender while imparting a mildly nutty, earthy flavor. These meatballs are on the delicate side—let them chill before cooking, and sear them on all sides to help them hold together during the final simmer in the sauce.

Albóndigas with Mushrooms

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These Spanish-style meatballs are prepared with a quick béchamel, which makes them wonderfully moist and tender. They’re cooked in a deeply flavorful tomato-based sauce made with wine and brandy, then topped with crisp mushrooms. Slideshow: More Meatball Recipes 

Our 34 Best Meatball Recipes

From juicy slow-cooker meatballs to tender glazed cocktail meatballs, here are some of our favorite recipes to make year-round.

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Swedish Meatballs

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In Sweden, making meatballs is a very social family affair. The more kids you can round up for the rolling the better, since a child's palm makes the perfect-size ball. When Fredrika Stjärne was young, she was a vegetarian and therefore a very unwilling participant! Now she has rejoined the world of carnivores and makes meatballs with her daughter and husband. She uses her father's recipe, with his secret ingredient (celery salt). Plus:  Great Comfort Food Recipes 

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Here, we offer delicious versions of the foods expected to fall from the sky in the 3-D animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.