Thursday, August 28, 2014

Homemade Meatballs

Everyone needs a good go-to meatball recipe. Here is mine. It is savory and simple. You will want to eat them will be hard to stop...and I won't judge you for it. In all seriousness, though, give them a try and let me know what you think!

1 lb. (lean) ground beef
½ lb. pork sausage
½ sweet onion, diced

2 green onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, smashed and diced (or you can use 2 tbsp jarred minced garlic)
¾ c Parmesan cheese, grated/shredded
¾ c Italian bread crumbs
2 eggs

2 tbsp parsley (fresh or dried)
1½ teaspoon salt½ teaspoon pepper
dash red pepper flakes
¼ c water

olive oil

Preheat oven to 350°.

Heat oil over medium-high heat in sauté pan. Sauté onions and 1 teaspoon salt until translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Add in garlic and cook an additional minute, stirring frequently. Set aside and let cool.

In large mixing bowl (I prefer to use my KitchenAid so it does most of the work for me), blend together the meats, cheese, bread crumbs, eggs, parsley, remaining salt, pepper, red pepper flakes. Add in your onion mixture and water then mix one final time.

Roll meat mixture into preferred size (I make them about the size of a golf ball). This recipe should make about 25-30 meatballs.

Using same sauté pan, heat more oil over medium-high heat. Brown meatballs on all sides (about 3-4 minutes total in pan) and spread out on a lined baking sheet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through. 

Serve however your heart desires! In the picture above I added them to some garlic & basil marinara and let the sauce heat through for about 20 minutes (to add a little more flavor). They also freeze well if you want to double the batch and save some for an easy weeknight meal later on.

Enjoy, y'all!  


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