Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mmmm Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs -- quite possibly one of Adam's favorite foods (I mean, the kid does it every birthday). So I totally wasn't surprised when he requested it for dinner one night. I mean honestly, when he likes it so much, how can you say no?

We discovered this recipe online a while ago, but Adam believes he now has it perfected. And I must admit, it's not often that I will eat just a straight chunk of meat, but I definitely found myself slowly eating away a meatball as it sat on the baking sheet while we were waiting for the marinara to finish. Mmm delicious.

Our Favorite Meatballs
Adapted from: Online Source

4 slices of Italian bread
1/2 cup water
2 eggs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 pound hamburger

Preheat oven to 325.

Chop bread in a food processor until it forms breadcrumbs.

Mix all ingredients except for hamburger in a large mixing bowl. Add hamburger and mix everything thoroughly with your hands.

Form hamburger mixture into approximately 1-1 1/2" balls and place on a baking sheet. Tent aluminum foil and cover baking sheet.

Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Serves: 8 (3 meatballs per serving)

Like I said, these are super delicious. At first we tried pan-frying the meatballs, but either they were too big, or the heat was too high -- we just couldn't get the middle cooked properly. So we tried baking them, and they turned out pretty good. The final attempt we covered them with aluminum foil and they turned out so nice a juicy!

Definitely an excellent addition to a classic dish.

Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 160Calories from fat 66
% Daily Value
Total Fat 7.3g11%
Saturated Fat 3.2g16%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 178mg7%
Total Carbs 3.3g1%
Protein 19.2g
Vitamin A 2%Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 8%Iron 12%


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