Monday, March 23, 2020

Meatball Nirvana

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On March 9th we celebrated National Meatball Day, wherein I provided you with links to a lot of varied and delicious meatball recipes. That day I decided to try a new recipe, and I think it is probably my favorite overall. I made good-sized meatballs so that I could enjoy them with either my homemade marinara sauce or with homemade gravy. While they have a definite Italian bent, the beauty of these meatballs is that they go well with either treatment. They are tender, flavorful, and spicy, but not so spicy has to be off-putting by people who don’t care for too much heat. We’re all home this week, and for a number of weeks in the future I reckon, so experiment with some recipes. My guess is that you have all of these ingredients on hand, so try them. If not, thank goodness for Amazon!
Meatball Nirvana
Adapted from

1 lb. ground chuck
½ t. sea salt
¼ c. finely chopped fresh mushrooms
½ t. garlic salt
1 ½ t. Italian seasoning
¾ t. dried oregano
¾ t. crushed red pepper flakes
2 drops Frank’s hot pepper sauce, or to taste
1 ½ T. Worcestershire sauce
1/3 c. milk
¼ c. Parmesan cheese
½ c. Italian breadcrumbs

Preheat an oven to 400ºF.

Place the beef into a mixing bowl, and season with salt, shallot, mushrooms, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, oregano, red pepper flakes, hot pepper sauce, and Worcestershire sauce; mix well. Add the milk, Parmesan cheese, and breadcrumbs. Mix until evenly blended, form into 1½” meatballs, and place onto a baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, 20 to 25 minutes.


Linda said...

The browned part of that first photo drew me in! Please don't be horrified, but we usually buy meatballs from the frozen food section. I've made meatballs in the past and loved them, but you know, convenience. However these look so easy to make, I'll have to make my own and freeze them.

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

These look fabulous, Pattie!! I love a good of our local restaurants has the BEST I've ever tasted, so good I've stopped even trying to make my own....but these may change my mind! Pinning!

sandy said...

Another recipe i think my "chef" would love to make - they look and read delicious.