Thursday, May 30, 2013

italian meatballs.

Italian Meatballs from Ashley:
Recipe from Gianina Bunce

1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs or crushed seasoned croutons
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound Italian sausage
1 egg
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper (I did 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper)
Parmesan cheese (I used ~ 1/4 cup)
basil and parsley (fresh or dried, 1 tsp dried/1-2T fresh)

* Jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce

Place bread crumbs/crushed croutons, hamburger, sausage, and all other ingredients (except spaghetti sauce) in a larger bowl and mix  well by hand. Form into balls. I make mine somewhere between 1"-2". Place balls onto foil lined 9x13 pan. Pour sauce over meatballs, adding ~1/3 cup of water to the jar at the end to get all of the sauce out. Bake at 400* for 30 min then cover and bake another 20-30 min at 350*. 

* I usually double the recipe and freeze the uncooked meatballs that I am not using that night, leaving me with enough meatballs for 2-3 easy dinners. The frozen meatballs can be put directly into the foil lined pan and covered in sauce. They bake for the same amount of time (closer to 30 min for the second baking). 

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