Sunday, December 12, 2010


What goes better with a pot of sauce than meatballs.  Since I made a pot of sauce today I had to make meatballs with it.  
These meatballs don't only have to go into a pot of tomato sauce. I have made them really small and made sweet and sour meatballs.  I have also made them into Swedish meatballs.  They are so good that they can really be part of any sauce.

What you'll need:

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped basil
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
In a large bowl add the two types of chop meat, you can add any type of chop meat you want.  I prefer turkey and beef.  Add the onions, garlic, parsley,salt, pepper, basil, Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, olive oil and eggs.

Now wash your hands and dive in, using your hands mix all the ingredients together.  

Once all mixed, start to make the meat into balls.  The size is truly a personal choice, I like a medium size meatball if they are going into a pot of tomato sauce.  

I  bake the meatballs before putting them into the sauce. I like how the baking process gets rid of some of the excess fat.  Place the rolled meatball onto a baking pan sprayed with Pam. 

**You do not have to do the above step, you could just add the meatballs directly into the sauce and they will cook in the sauce very nicely**

Once all the meat is rolled into the balls you can put them into a 350 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes.  After the 15 minutes you can flip the meatballs and bake for another 10- 15 minutes.

Once all baked place the meatballs onto a paper towel to get the remaining grease and fat off. 

Now add the meatballs to a pot of already cooking tomato sauce.  Of course you can add the meatballs to a brown gravy or any sauce you desire.

If you are adding the meatballs to an already cooking pot of tomato sauce make sure you let the meatballs simmer in the sauce for at least a couple of hours.  It just makes the whole meal tastier.

Serve over a bowl of pasta with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.  
Don't forget the fresh Italian bread!

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