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This Simple Step Will Free You From Dried-Out Meatballs

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Psst: Want a new trick for juicier meatballs? We partnered with Sharp Home Appliances to share a step you shouldn't skip the next time you roll up a batch.

Everyone clings to their favorite meatball recipe, regardless of how tender the end product may be. But here's one simple way to make meatballs juicier, regardless of the recipe or your preferred method of cooking: Steam them!

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Think about the inside of a steamed bun or dumpling—the meat is always so juicy, right? Adopt this idea to your meatballs; we learned this trick from Patricia Wells's new book My Master Recipes. This is especially helpful for leaner meats like turkey and chicken that have a tendency to be dryer in meatball form than, say, lamb or beef.

Watch a quick tutorial on how to prep, cook, and serve up steamed meatballs.

Steam your meatball however you steam your vegetables until cooked through, usually about 5 to 10 minutes. (If your oven has a steam option, you can try that, too.) Then, if crisp and caramelized outsides are what you like on your meatballs, broil or pan-fry right after. The juices won't go anywhere, and the outside will be nice and caramelized without sacrificing any moisture. Check out the video above for a quick tutorial, and if you don't have a trusty meatball recipe, here's a selection of 'em:

Chicken Meatball Sub with Gobs of Fresh Mozzarella
Chicken Meatball Sub with Gobs of Fresh Mozzarella
Duck Meatballs à L’Orange

Duck Meatballs à L’Orange by QueenSashy

Rao's Meatballs

Rao's Meatballs by Genius Recipes

Old-School Swedish Meatballs

Old-School Swedish Meatballs by Corby

Greek Chicken Meatballs

Greek Chicken Meatballs by foxeslovelemons

Meatballs with Tomato and Zucchini

Meatballs with Tomato and Zucchini by Merrill Stubbs

Beef Kofte and Shirazi Salad

Beef Kofte and Shirazi Salad by Louisa Shafia

We partnered with Sharp Home Appliances to share a tip you shouldn't skip next time you roll up a batch of meatballs. Read more about Sharp's high-quality, everyday cooking-appropriate appliances, like the Supersteam+TM Oven and Stainless Steel Microwave Drawer Oven here.

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