Monday, September 12, 2011

Homemade Meatballs

Meatballs are the most versatile of dishes. Toss them in your favorite marinara sauce for an easy Italian dish, simmer them in a zesty marinade and serve over rice, or even whip up a glaze for meatball appetizers. It’s simple to adjust the flavors to meet your meal needs if you start with a great foundation.  

¼ cup bread crumbs or stuffing mix (finely ground) 
1 T. milk
1 ½ lbs. ground beef
1 egg
2 T. tomato paste
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 cloves garlic, finely minced

In a medium bowl, stir together bread crumbs and milk with a fork. Add the remaining ingredients and combine by hand (Hint: Add ground beef in smaller chunks rather than all at once for easier combining). Be sure to mix thoroughly so that all elements are spread throughout the mixture. Roll meat mixture into 2-3 inch balls. Spread meatballs onto a cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. 

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