Family Meatball Recipe PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:18

Facebook is a wonderful thing.

Quite a few months ago I sent out an SOS asking for help finding good meatball recipe to go with our spaghetti. I spent some time searching the internet and found several good recipes, but they were NOT Daniel friendly (He is kinda picky). The very first comment I got on that facebook status was from one of my Dad's cousins who provided me with the PERFECT recipe. It was exactly what I had been looking for. It was basic without being bland and I had every single ingredient in my kitchen already. The funny thing is I had actually tried a couple different variations of this recipe a couple weeks earlier. You know what the main difference between this recipe and other ones I tried?

The Parmesan cheese.

Holy. Yum.

Enough talk. Let me share with you the wonder that is this recipe.


Here are your ingredients. 1lb of ground beef (I prefer organic for MANY reasons, one being that I dont like my ground beef to contain chicken poop. Thankyouverymuch.), 1 cup of Parmesan cheese, 1 cup of Italian breadcrumbs (I make my own), 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon garlic of powder, 1 teaspoon of onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper.


Throw all the ingredients into a mixing bowl



And then plunge your hands into the bowl and mix it all together. Seriously. Do it. Do NOT be scared of getting your hands messy. This is the only way to thoroughly combine the ingredients. And plus, it's kinda fun.

Helpful hint: Get everything ready BEFORE you get raw meat all over your hands. Get your baking dishes out and coat them with olive oil and get your cookie scoop out and ready. There is nothing more annoying than getting your hands messy, then having to clean them up to get your baking dishes out only to get your hands messy all over again. Learn from my mistakes.


After the ingredients are mixed together, scoop out some of the meat mixture and roll it into balls. You want all of them to be about the same size so they cook evenly. I found a cook scoop works great for this purpose but I am sure a tablespoon or something similar would be just fine!



Roll a nice, pretty ball of raw meat



And place it into a 9x13 pan that has been covered with olive oil.



Then repeat with the rest of the meat mixture.

I end up using a 9x13 and 8x8 baking dish for the meatballs. If you make them larger you may not need two baking dishes, but this size makes more than my 9x13 has room for!

You now have two choices for cooking them. You can brown them under your broiler and then cook them with your sauce for a few hours (if you make your own sauce that is), OR you can just cook them fully in the oven and then add them to the jarred sauce while you cook your spaghetti. Since I have not started making my own spaghetti sauce yet (I will soon!) I go for the latter cooking meathod.

I put them in a preheated oven (375) for 15-20 minutes, turning them about halfway through. Then I pat the excess grease off of them and plop them into my sauce that is warming for 10ish minutes while my noodles are cooking.



This is what the look like right out of the oven! (Fully cooked)



Yum. Yum. Yum.



Seriously, nothing compares to homemade meatballs. Before I was given this recipe we used frozen meatballs with our spaghetti, and now I shudder at the idea of using frozen meatballs again. There is just something about having your meatballs taste like real meat. Definitely worth getting your hands messy!

Now, if you will excuse me I have some leftover spaghetti and meatballs that are calling my name.

Italian meatballs:

1 lb. of ground beef
1 cup Italian bread crumbs - mixed with a little water or beef broth (to moisten them)
2 Eggs
1 cup grated parmesan cheese (I just use the Kraft kind not anything fancy or expensive)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder

Mix all ingredients very well (by hand). Roll them into balls, brown them under the broiler or cook fully in the oven. Add to sauce when ready. If making your own sauce add to the sauce and cook them untill the sauce is done (best when cooked with sauce for 3ish hours).


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