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Monday, June 16, 2014

Our Favorite Meatball Recipe

I don't make meatballs often, but when I do, they sure are a treat! I have tried several recipes over the years, but this one from is what I like the most, hands down. Everyone in my family loves them; the savory blend of flavors really hits the spot! 

Note: The meatballs can be made a little ahead and simmered in the sauce to cook, or baked in the oven (my preferred method). I have even baked them a few days ahead, frozen them between layers of wax paper, and then when I was ready to thaw them, dropped them into sauce simmering on the stove.

Our Favorite Meatballs

2 lbs ground beef
1-2 large eggs, slightly beaten
2/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. breadcrumbs--or use enough to hold the meat together (If you don't have dry breadcrumbs just soak 3 slices of bread in the 1/2 c. milk.)
1 1/3-2 2/3 Tb. fresh minced garlic (or use 1 tsp. garlic powder or to taste)
1 1/3- 2 2/3 tsp. salt (or to taste, I use 2 tsp. seasoned salt)
1 1/3 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1/2 c. milk (can use up to 1/2 c. milk)
1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/3 c. chopped fresh parsley (or 2 Tb. dried parsley)

Mix all ingredients together in large bowl.

Shape into small meatballs by hand or using a small cookie scoop.

Stove top method: Drop meatballs into simmering pasta sauce, do not stir for at least 20 minutes or you will risk breaking the meatballs. Continue cooking in the simmering sauce for another 20 minutes. (Depending on how fast your sauce is simmering, 40 minutes total should fully cook the meatballs.) After the 40 minutes cooking time continue cooking your sauce with the meatballs in for as long as desired.

Baked method: Bake meatballs at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until cooked through.

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