Sometimes I crave classic recipes like no other. That's the reason why I started this blog after all. I would be remiss if I didn't include a recipe for Italian Meatballs in my archives. These meatballs are perfect to serve with pasta or as an appetizer by themselves. I love the soft, succulent interior and crispy outside that soaks up all of the red sauce.
What are Italian Meatballs made of?
Italian meatballs are usually made of a blend of ground meats such as ground beef and ground pork. This blend gives the meatballs their distinct flavor and helps balance out the fat content as well. Don't get me wrong, all beef meatballs are delicious, but using a blend of meats creates a more complex flavor.
How do meatballs become tough?
- They are overcooked
- They are made with too lean of a meat
- The meatballs were overmixed
- The meatballs didn't have enough breadcrumbs and milk
How to cook meatballs
There are three main methods to cook Italian Meatballs
- Baking: Place all meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes or until browned all over and cooked through. This method is great if you want an easy cleanup and a hands off route. If you like a crispy exterior, this may not be the method for you.
- Pan Fried: In a large cast iron, add cooking oil and brown all meatballs. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 10 minutes. This is the best method for crispy outsides, however you have twice as many dishes to clean. (You can also cook meatballs completely in the frying pan)
- Cooked in Sauce: add uncooked meatballs to red sauce and simmer for 20 minutes, turning so that all sides are cooked through. This is the best method if you want juicy flavorful meatballs.
make it a meal
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- Balsamic Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Creamy Parmesan Polenta
- Roasted Broccoli and Garlic
- Other Side Options
other great dinners
- 1 Cup Bread Crumbs
- ½ Cup Milk
- 1 Pound Ground Beef
- 1 Pound Ground Pork
- 1 Onion Minced
- 3 Cloves Garlic Minced
- 2 Eggs
- ¼ Cup Fresh Parsley Chopped
- In a large bowl, combine milk and bread crumbs. let sit while preparing the other ingredients.
- Combine all ingredients with the milk and bread crumb mixture until ingredients are just fully incorporated. Form mixture into 1 inch balls and place balls on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake meatballs at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until browned on all sides. When done baking, add to a red sauce and enjoy!
Arya's advice, take some time to stop and smell the flowers