Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Meatballs

Homemade meatballs are great, you can use them as appetizers or a main dishes like in spaghetti, Swedish meatballs with noodles, and meatball subs!  You can buy frozen meatballs and throw them in a sauce and have a quick easy meal, but homemade are so much better!  This recipe makes a bunch (72) so make some and freeze 1/2 for a day when you are busy and need something quick and easy to pull out!  Today I made 1/2 (36) of the meat mixture into meatballs and froze the other half as a meatloaf to bake later. Check in tomorrow for my yummy Swedish meatball recipe!

Meatballs
2 lb. ground beef
1 large onion diced
1 clove garlic minced
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup dried bread crumbs (I used Italian style)
4 eggs
1/4  cup chopped parsley
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning (optional) (I left out)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cover 2 large cookie sheets/jellyroll pans with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.  Mix all ingredients together using hands to incorporate well.  Scoop meat mixture out and roll in balls and lay on baking sheets.  Bake in 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.

Cooks Notes - I will use 1/2 for Swedish meatballs and noodles I will be making tomorrow, and would normally freeze the other 32 after baking and cooling in a Ziploc freezer bag to use in spaghetti and meatballs another night but I was in a hurry and decided to just put it in a sprayed loaf pan and bake as a meatloaf for dinner another night with some baked potatoes!  You can do so many fun things with them and this recipe makes a lot... If you are having a big party use the entire batch with some fun sauce for appetizers!