Meatballs – You will LOVE these!

Every single one of us in this house love these meatballs.   You can always cut this recipe in half.  This recipe will make about 24 meatballs.  Our family loves meatballs so cutting in half wouldn’t cut it here!  Simple and Delicious!

Meatballs

Ingredients

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2 slices of white bread
1/2 cup milk
1# ground beef
1# ground pork (If you don’t have you can use ground beef only.)
1/4 cup of diced red onion (you could use white onion too. )
1 Tablespoons chopped parsley (you can use 1 teaspoon of dried or just leave out. I tend to leave it out.)
2 egg
1 cup grated parmesan (I like to grate my own but you can use whatever you like. I also like to use Pecorino Romano or other hard Italian cheeses. Shake it up!)
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste (I would use 1 teaspoon salt for this recipe)
2 Tablespoons olive oil

1.   In a bowl soak the bread in the milk.  This is called a panade and is a very important step.  This makes the meatballs moist and delish!October 035
2.  In a medium bowl, mix the ground beef, ground pork, bread and milk, onions, parsley, eggs, cheese, and garlic.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  
3.  Form the mixture into 1-2 inch since balls.  I like them about 2 inches.
4.  Put olive oil in non stick skillet.  Fry meatballs over medium to medium high heat until browned on each side.  When I make meatballs I usually am adding to a sauce to cook through.

Also, I fry 10-12 meatballs at a time in the skillet.  Don’t over fill the skillet or you will steam the meatballs and not get that golden crust.  Since I usually have more than 10-12 meatballs after each frying session, I wipe out the oil and start with a clean skillet and start all over.  That way they fry up perfect. 😉

If you are going to make the meatballs and not add to a sauce, brown them in the skillet then transfer to a foil or parchment lined baking sheet.  Place in a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 10-15 minutes.  You could also cook them through in the frying pan.  I have done it both ways.

Enjoy!!

 

Greek Meatballs

I saw this recipe in an old Rachel Ray magazine I had been looking through over my morning coffee.  These sounded too good to resist.  I used ground pork cause that’s what I had in my freezer.  Eric and Rachel popped over today and thought they were delish.  Then Martin came home from a Chicago weekend and popped a few.  He said, “Mom, I enjoy eating out at restaurants but your cooking beats them all!”  I guess these meatballs pass in this home!!

Greek Meatballs
(Courtesy Michael Symon)

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Ingredients

1/2 cup day old bread, diced
1/2 cup whole milk
Canola oil, about 1 quart. You will need for sautéing and pan frying.
1/2 cup minced or grated onion
1 pound ground beef or lamb (or pork!)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano leaves (OR 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano-that’s what I used)
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin (I used 1/2 teaspoon.  This took great control.  I LOVE cumin!)
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch ground nutmeg
1/2 cup flour for dusting
Handful fresh mint leaves, torn, for serving (I used mint and dill.  I tried and enjoyed both.)
Lemons, cut into wedges (I did not use these for other than decoration.  If I read directions I would definitely have used correctly.)
1/4 cup olive oil

Directions
1.  In a small bowl combine the bread and milk, set aside.
2.  In a medium skillet heat 1 Tablespoon canola oil over medium heat.  Add the onions, saute until translucent (about 3-4 minutes).  Add garlic and stir frequently about 1-2 minutes.  Set aside to cool.
3.  In a larger bowl put the ground pork, egg, oregano, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt and cooled onion and garlic.  Squeeze excess milk from bread.  Place bread in bowl.  Using hands, gently combine the meat mixture.  Form into 20 small balls.
4.  Place flour in a medium bowl.  Roll the meatballs in the flour, shaking off any excess.  Place on plate.
5.  In a large non stick skillet, heat 1/3 inch canola oil over medium heat.  Add the meatballs and cook on each side 3-4 minutes.  (I slightly flattened when I was placing in the skillet.)  Transfer to paper towel lined plate.
6.  Arrange meatballs on platter.  Sprinkle with mint (or dill).  Grate the zest from the whole lemon over the meatballs (I missed this step.  That is what I get for not reading the directions thoroughly the  first time!!)
7.  Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. (Just a tiny bit of salt.  I love salt and I would not add too much.  There is enough flavoring in the meatballs.)

I hope you give these a try. They take no time at all and are incredibly flavorful.  ENJOY!