Meatball recipes often use white bread soaked in milk. Can I substitute whole wheat bread for the white bread?

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Kari2011 August 3, 2015
Thank you. I made the meatballs last night and they turned out great.
 
Kristen W. August 3, 2015
I've done that many times and it works just great! There is a slight difference in soak time, but really it's a negligible one.
 
Windischgirl August 2, 2015
Sure! My dad's signature meatloaf recipe uses oatmeal, and I have used bread crumbs, or matzoh meal in a pinch...works the same way.
 

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Nancy August 2, 2015
I can see no reason why it wouldn't work.
The only difference might be that the whole wheat bread (like whole wheat flour) absorbs more liquid, so might need a little more milk or water to soak the bread.
 
Saffron3 August 2, 2015
I agree with Nancy! White bread sort of vanishes into the meatloaf more than whole wheat, so I make the whole wheat more like crumbs. That bread is just a binder to give added form and texture so you can experiment. Good cooking!
 
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