Monday, January 3, 2011

Meatball Monday

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Meatballs are one of those things I just don't like. To be clear, I do like meatballs, just not in sauce. I don't really like any meat in my spaghetti. I know, I'm weird. Anyway, I actually make them quite often since it's one of those meals everyone will eat and love.

To start, I pull out my Pampered Chef chopper. I have no clue what it's called, I just know I love chopping food into pieces with it. I usually use one large clove of garlic, but since these bulbs were small, I used two. 

After I get that all chopped up, chop up about 1/4 of a large onion.

Put the chopped onion and garlic in a bowl and add one egg.

Then add about two handfuls of bread crumbs.

Add in one pound of ground beef and herbs such as oregano, basil, thyme, salt, pepper, and whatever else strikes your fancy. Mix well. The best way to do it is just to dig in with your hands! Since I have a little OCD and some texture issues, I use rubber gloves!

Form into balls about the size of golf balls and set aside.

Get out a large pan and get it heated up. The pan must be hot to get a good sear on all sides of the meatballs. That's the secret to holding all the wonderful juices in! Once the pan is hot, drop in meatballs, one at a time, flipping the others around as you add more in to get the outsides brown.

When you get the outsides browned, add just a little bit of tomato sauce, turn down to medium-low, and cover to finish cooking. 

When the meatballs are fully cooked, drain and return to pan. To make sure the meatballs are fully cooked, use a meat thermometer, or my method; grab the biggest one and cut it open!

Add your spaghetti sauce, and heat on low until sauce is bubbly. Spoon over pasta and enjoy!


Cranberry Morning said...

I have not had spaghetti and meatballs in ages. I usually just make meat sauce, but this is a nice variation on a theme. :-)

Dana said...

The hubby makes meatballs in the Haehnlein household. Last time, he made them with lean ground turkey. We didn't even notice the difference!

Christy said...

Thanks for joining us today on the Tuesday Train!

Unknown said...

Looks good! I usually bake the meatballs before I add them to the sauce. (I used to panfry them, but baking is a bit easier and yields a softer meatball. It's just a matter of preference.)

Unknown said...

I like your way of checking for doneness! That's how I do it! I've been using my PC Mix and Chop, and now Hubby thinks the hamburger is too chopped up! UGH! I've got some picky eaters around here. Maybe I will throw in some meatballs to make him happy, and our youngest can give hers to him! OH the fun of being and mother and cook! ;-)

Tracey said...

I have the same Pampered Chef chopper! I just posted a recipe called Meatball Pasta Stew that turned out pretty well. As to spaghetti and meatballs, I actually like the meatballs better than the spaghetti!

Have a great Tuesday!

Leah Beyer said...

Looks fantastic! Are you part Italian? I am lazy and buy meatballs. Sshhh! Thanks for linking up!

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Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas said...

yummy, just inspired me to make meatballs tonight! It's been awhile - been lazy about it!

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Jenny said...

ooooooooooooooooooh! Your making me hungry! LOL! Yum!

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Missy said...

Hi! I'm visiting from Mingle Monday.
I've never made meatballs before, but have planned on it. Thanks for the tutorial! :)

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Jenny said...

Looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

Found you while blog hopping! I'm your newest follower!

Linda @ Linda's Lunacy said...

Hi! I'm visiting (& following) from Mingle Monday. Congrats on being spotlighted!

The meatballs look yummy!

Linda @ Linda's Lunacy