I spent a good five minutes pondering what to name this post. It’s quite difficult to make meatballs sound fancy or glamorous, so I eventually settled on basic and descriptive. What did I make? Meatballs. How did I make ‘em? I baked ‘em. Thanks for stopping by.
Just kidding. But really, that’s basically it.
To the abject shock and horror of the throes of full-blooded proud I-talians populating Long Island, I don’t really remember ever eating homemade meatballs. I have a few dismal memories of frozen turkey meatballs that, frankly, I’d like to forget.
OH MY GOSH! I just remembered that I haven’t updated you guys on so much important stuff!
- We made it through Sandy without any damage and only four days of powerlessness–though our thoughts and prayers are with so many people on the East coast who are still suffering through so much; and
- I found out that I PASSED MY BOARDS!! Hallelujah–we don’t have to move into my car; and
- Marisa–you are the winner of the Focus on Food Photography for Bloggers book! Congrats! Email me your address at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll have the book sent your way pronto.
Anyway, back to the meatballs. They are really easy to make, quick to bake, and incredibly homey and delicious with some homemade tomato and mushroom sauce. Or jarred sauce. Or whatever sauce strikes your fancy.
Baked Meatballs (adapted from the original recipe on Pinterest–you can find it on my “Food to Make” Pinterest board.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 eggs beaten with 1/2 C skim milk
- 1 C seasoned bread crumbs
- 1 small onion, minced
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 t each dried oregano and basil
- 1 t salt
- 1/4 t ground black pepper
I doubled this recipe cause we were having friends come over–hi Drew and Sherry!–(and I wanted lots of leftovers for a chilly Sunday afternoon), but the original recipe makes plenty for four to six.
Having never made meatballs before, I was really surprised at how easy and really tasty they were. I would definitely make this recipe again–I love meals like this: homemade, hearty, and really comforting. Perfect for serving to friends who still don’t have power.
So to all those out there who would jump off a cliff to defend the reign of your grandmother’s meatball recipe–what’s your secret to the world’s best meatballs?
Stay safe out there in the gas lines and without traffic lights! Henry is on the lookout: