Are meatballs an Italian invention?

Although Italy may be the most famous for these sphere-shaped meat concoctions, the meatball’s origin is not clear. Most likely some type of meatball originated in many different areas of the world. Hundreds of years ago meat was a rare commodity and no part of the meat was wasted; meatballs were a great way to use up the cooked leftover pieces. Today’s meatball took shape with the invention of the meat grinder, which made it possible to use fresh, uncooked meat to create a meatball.

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