Monday, June 23, 2014

Easy Homemade Italian Style Meatballs

Easy Homemade Italian Style Meatballs

Easy Homemade Italian Style Meatballs Recipe

I made these for the first time in a long time the other night, and my seven year old son was so amazed.  "You MADE these, Mom?!"  he exclaimed, as if me making something from scratch was so beyond the realm of his comprehension.  It served as a stark reminder how little I had been home in recent months and that most of our meals had been of the heat and eat variety.  Mini frozen meatballs that could be boiled right in with the pasta had become our lazy last minute feeding routine.  But that's what happens when you have two parents working in a non-nine-to-five environment.  My husband works from home for the government but puts in the maximum hours of overtime every pay period and has been for the last six years so that I could have a career that while is emotionally rewarding can be sporadic and doesn't cover much of the bills.  But now for the first time since October, I'm home full time for the next six weeks until I go back to school.  Maybe I'm trying to make up for lost time in the kitchen, but it feels good to get my hands into the meat and know that I'm making something from scratch for my family.  I've even started growing some herbs on the windowsill to include in recipes.  I used fresh parsley for this recipe, but dried works just a fine.  I need to grow an oregano plant, since I use that in a lot of my cooking.

I remember watching my aunt make meatballs during the year I spent living with her family growing up, and I swear she made the best meatballs I've ever tasted.  And she wasn't even Italian!  My father, Aunt Jackie, and Uncle Billy were three of the best cooks I've had the pleasure of being served by, only outdone by their mother, of course.  I've tried for years to replicate that elusive "perfect" meatball I remember from my youth, and I think this has finally nailed it.  Sadly, I was never able to ask my aunt for the recipe before she passed away a few years ago, so I don't know how close it really is.  Maybe she stands over my shoulder as I make them and silently shakes her head when I add too much breadcrumbs, but then again maybe she's watching on proudly.  Hopefully I can fill my kids with the memories of delicious homemade meatballs that will last their lifetime as well.  I hope you enjoy my recipe for homemade Italian style meatballs and can make some family memories all your own!

Ingredients:
1 lb ground beef
2 eggs
2/3 c plain bread crumbs
1 tsp garlic powder
1/3 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp oregano
1/3 c Parmesan/Romano cheese finely grated
2 tbs olive oil

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time:  10 minutes pan cooking, 15 minutes oven cooking

Preparation:

1.  Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a large bowl until well mixed.
2.  Roll into 2 inch balls
3.  Add olive oil to a large frying pan over medium heat.
Easy Homemade Italian Style Meatballs

4.  Brown meatballs on all sides.

Easy Homemade Italian Style Meatballs

5.  Once browned, transfer to a cooking sheet lined with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.

I like to serve mine with homemade spaghetti sauce I can at the end of summer every year.  Typically, my sons ask for hidden veggie ziti (I get the Harris Teeter brand), but I switched it out for spaghetti this time instead.  They make a hidden veggie in that noodle style, too, and it's delicious.  My kids like it better than regular pasta, and it doesn't taste different at all to me.  No starchy cauliflower taste at all!

Buon Appetito! 

Easy Homemade Italian Style Meatballs Recipe


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