MIAMI BEACH - FEBRUARY 23: Alton Brown poses on the red carpet before the Food Network Awards show on February 23, 2007 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
Alton Brown's Egg Carton Meatballs Might Be Genius
C.A. Pinkham
Great in pasta, subs, or just on their own, meatballs are a delicious dish, but they’re not necessarily the easiest things to cook. Meatballs can produce a lot of grease, which can lead to issues with them becoming soggy or cooked unevenly; thankfully, celebrity chef Alton Brown has the perfect hack to avoid those problems.
Alton Brown made a name for himself on the Food Network as one of the most accessible (and least pretentious) celebrity chefs; he doesn't do anything viewers can't recreate at home. The former "Iron Chef America" host first shared this tip in a since-deleted 2017 Instagram post: cook your meatballs in an egg carton.
The key is to spray the carton with cooking spray first, then roast the meatballs right in there, as the cardboard of the carton naturally wicks away the grease and the meatballs wind up crispy all over. If you don't have an empty egg carton on hand, Brown has also advocated for baking meatballs in a mini muffin tin.