....but they all seemed wrong.
I LOVE these meatballs! You can make them with either ground beef or ground turkey, and they make GREAT sweet and sour meatballs in the crock pot, or simmer them in the crock pot with tomato sauce (or just a pan with sauce on the stove) and have spaghetti and meatballs, or a meatball sandwich. If we have leftovers from spaghetti or meatball sandwiches, I've diced them up and used them as pizza topping! They just have a great flavor!
The BEST part is that I've perfected the "I hate to touch raw meat" method of making meatballs!! So if you have a potato masher, a cookie scoop, and hate to touch raw meat, today is your lucky day!!!!
Here's what you need:
- 1 1/2 lbs ground meat (either turkey or beef)
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (DO NOT buy breadcrumbs they're a rip off!! If you have bread, I will show you how to make some quickly)
- 1 Tb minced garlic (I used 4 cloves)
- 1-2 tsp salt (I used Lawry's Seasoned Salt I heart that stuff)
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano (or, if you have fresh, 1 1/2 tsp)
Then take your potato masher and smash and goosh all the stuff together. I make sure I do this for a good while, because you want all the flavors to spread all through the meat. You can also do this step with your hands. If you want to. Just don't tell me about it.
Then like 2 cookie sheets with wax paper. You're going to freeze the meatballs individually first, this way they don't all freeze together in the bag, and you can just remove 1 or 10 or 20 from the bag once it's in the freezer. Make sure you have space in your freezer to let the cookie sheets lay flat while they freeze. Eat all the ice cream if you need to , you know, to make room. (The sacrifices we women make for our families...)
Then take your handy cookie scoop and scoop out meatballs onto the wax paper! I used to roll them by hand before I bought the cookie scoop, and that way works fine too. Even though your hands will need bleaching. And possibly sanding.
(I do have to admit, the hand rolled meatballs are more...well....round. But I. Don't. CARE.)
So now, pop them in the freezer for an hour or two, then stick them into a gallon sized Ziploc bag or into a freezer container if you prefer!
So, like I said, now you can bake them, simmer them, or crock pot them! Make sure they're thoroughly cooked before you eat them! (Because, you know, raw meat is gross.....)
Spaghetti and Meatballs