Meatballs are one of those foods that can be done many different ways to fit different tastes. You can do Italian, Swedish, Irish and many more. They can be very versatile and something that you can make ahead of time and freeze for a quick meal later on.
This week I am going to show you how to make your very own Italian style meatballs. These are great with pasta, on a hoagie with marinara, in a calzone or even on pizza. This time around I made these specifically for meatball subs, but think I will use the leftovers on a pizza later in the week.
Making meatballs can be a bit time consuming but they really do payoff in the end. When you start out making them it is very similar to putting together a meatloaf. The time consuming part comes when you have to form the little round balls of yummy goodness. If you have an extra pair of hands in the house feel free to put them to work.
Let’s go ahead and get started.
What you need before you start: Sharp knife and cutting board, large baking pan and aluminum foil, cooking spray, large mixing bowl.
Lean ground beef (1 1/2 to 2 lbs)
1 cup sweet onion (finely diced)
1 cup Green Bell Pepper (finely Diced)
1/2 tablespoon of garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup bread crumbs
There isn’t a lot of steps to making these meatballs but they do take a while.
First: Thoroughly mix together all of the ingredients listed above in a large bowl.
Now cover your baking pan in foil and spray with non stick cooking spray.
Now for the fun part. Take a little bit of the mixture and roll it around in the palm of your hands and form a two inch ball. That wasn’t so hard was it. Now do that about 25 to 30 more times, placing them all on the baking pan in rows of 5. You want a little space between them.
Preheat your oven to to 375 and put the pan in and bake them for about 40 minutes.
They will come out with a nice crispy outer shell but still be nice a juicy on the inside.
That’s it. You just made meatballs that I’m sure everyone in the house will enjoy. Now all you have to do is decide on how to eat them. Like I said above, I made meatball subs. I used Martins hoagie rolls and a slice of provolone. I then covered them with Rao’s arabiata sauce and added a little mozzarella and parmesan cheese to the top. Stick those in the oven for a couple of minutes to get the cheese all nice and “melty” (yes that’s a word) .
However you decide to eat them, I am sure that you will enjoy these little bites of heaven and want to make them again.
Thanks for reading,