Parmesan Meatballs

Last week I made a Buttered Tomato Sauce that was bowl licking good.  My son was begging for some meatballs to go along with that rock-star sauce and I figured I couldn’t disappoint.  I like mixing my meats when making any type of meatloaf/meatball mix.  This time I used and equal blend of ground pork and ground beef.  To make these really cheesy, I also did a equal mix of Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.  The cheese is a really great binder and allows you to use less bread crumbs than normal.

Parmesan Meatballs

I like making small meatballs.  I have two little ones and the small size makes it easy for them to enjoy them too.  Also, you can eat 5 or 6 of these guys and you feel like you are eating a ton, when really you are eating a normal size serving.  I added some Italian Seasoning and Dried Fennel Seed to make these really flavorful and add a sausage like taste to the end product.  There are a lot of dried seasonings added to my mix.  But, they are all really familiar and for the most part, you should have them all in the cupboard.  The dried spices though are a personal one so mix and match them to your individual taste.  Remember recipes are always just a guideline.  You know best what will taste good to you and your family

This recipe will make a ton of meatballs, but I must say there was no leftovers.  I thought there might be and actually there was one meatball left on the baking sheet at the end of the meal.  But, my girlfriend’s daughter saw it sitting there all lonely and happily gobbled it up.  If this mix is too much for one meal, you can cut the recipe by half, freeze half of the mixture for another time.  Or, you can used the meat for another dinner.  The mix can be cooked up in patties and made into a Salisbury steak or a mock sausage for breakfast the next day.

Meatballs with Parmesan Cheese

Parmesan Meatballs

  • 1 lb 93% Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 lb Lean Ground Pork
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 3/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp Dried Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Poultry Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Fennel Seed
  • 1 tsp Granulated Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Granulated Onion
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, poultry seasoning, oregano, fennel seed, garlic powder, granulated onion, salt, pepper and optional red pepper flakes.  Mix to combine and set aside.
  3. In a larger mixing bowl combine eggs, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce.  Whisk to combine.  Add the ground beef and ground pork along with the cheese/breadcrumb/spice blend.  Gently mix the whole thing with your hands until just combined.  Don’t over mix or you might end up with some tough meatballs.
  4. On a sheet tray sprayed with cooking spray use a melon baller and portion out your meatballs.  Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through.

Spaghetti and meatballs really is one of the best comfort foods around and it can easily feed a small village on a budget.  Now go and make a family meal of your own…Clink!

 

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