Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Perfect Meatball


Okay, these may not be THE perfect meatballs, but they definitely rival. I mentioned in my post on Sunday that I made wonderful spaghetti and meatballs for last Sunday night's dinner. I was especially proud of myself because I always thought making meatballs to be a daunting task. Maybe it's because growing up, spaghetti and meatballs was a treat. We had spaghetti and meat sauce on a normal basis, but meatballs were something special. I always just assumed that was because they were complicated and took a long time to make, so they were a once-in-awhile thing.

But when I came accross a recipe for meatballs on Jenny Steffens Hobick's blog (check her blog out- she has a multitude of simple, delicious, and easy-to-make recipes!), I felt like it was something I could easily make fairly quickly.

Andrew and I had had our fair share of red meat that week, so in an effort to be healthy, I substituted the ground beef for ground turkey. Maybe that is why I was so impressed with these — we couldn't even tell they were made with ground turkey! I think the trick is baking them in the oven instead of pan-frying. It kept them so moist (ick I HATE that word) and flavorful.

Homemade Meatballs

1 pound of ground turkey or beef
4 slices of bread
2 tablespoons of milk
1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
1 egg
salt & pepper
fresh parsley, chopped

Start by removing the crusts of the bread and tearing the remaining into small pieces, then place into a medium mixing bowl.

Pour milk onto breadcrumbs and stir. Add cheese, parsley, salt & pepper, and egg. Mix together.

Add ground beef to mixture and combine with a fork - be careful not to compact the mixture - try to keep it light. Form into balls with an ice cream scoop and place on a baking sheet. I line mine with parchment paper to reduce clean up. Cook meatballs under a broiler on high for 4-6 minutes until just browned on outside. I like the middle of the meatball to remain moist.

*Side-note: We're at altitude, so it took about 13 minutes for our meatballs to cook fully in the oven


Because I made the meatballs from scratch, I just used spaghetti sauce from a jar, and it still tasted great. Maybe if I'm feeling brave next time, I'll make both from scratch!

Enjoy!

E & A

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