baked italian meatballs

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By Nor Mac
from The Berkshire’s, MA

This is the way I’ve been making meatballs for several years. I choose To bake them. It makes an easier cleanup. Plus, it helps get rid of extra fat. You could fry meatballs in olive oil as well. Baking them gets rid of so much more fat. Add them to your favorite red sauce and enjoy!

serves 36 medium size meatballs
prep time 20 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For baked italian meatballs

  • 1 lb
    85 percent lean ground beef
  • 1 lb
    ground mild italian sausage
  • 1 c
    italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 11/2 tsp
    oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp
    basil, dried
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    onion powder
  • 3/4 c
    grated parmesan cheese fresh not canned
  • 3 clove
    medium cloves garlic pressed
  • 1 c
    chopped onion ( i used sweet)
  • 2
  • 4 Tbsp

How To Make baked italian meatballs

  • 1
    Place the ground beef and sausage in a large bowl.
  • 2
    Mix the ground beef and sausage together thoroughly with your hands.
  • 3
    Add in the remaining ingredients with the eggs and milk last.
  • 4
    Knead mixture together really well with your hands. It will take 2 to 3 minutes to incorporate ingredients evenly.
  • 5
    Roll mixture into 2 inch meatballs. You can also make larger meatballs, if you wish.
  • 6
    Place meatballs on foil lined large sheet pan. Spray tops of meatballs with olive oil spray or any type of oil spray.
  • 7
    Place in 400° oven. Bake about 30 minutes until meatballs are thoroughly cooked through and browned on the outside.
  • 8
    Remove meatballs from pan into your favorite red sauce. Simmer in sauce for about 30 minutes or longer before serving. Serve over your favorite pasta.
  • 9
    Note. You can cool meatballs and freeze in a gallon size Ziploc bag. You can also freezes in your favorite red sauce .To reheat frozen meatballs. Simply, place frozen meatballs into your favorite red sauce and simmer until meatballs are heated through. Serve over pasta. If freezing in sauce. Make sure that you thaw sauce with meatballs before reheating.

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