So, this is my go to meatball recipe AND I have no shame in saying that I snaked it from Bobby Flay.
I used to buy my meatballs frozen, but once I made them from scratch and realized just how simple it really was, there was no going back to buying frozen. Here’s the other thing, you can adjust to your family’s liking.
Cook up some spaghetti noodles and Crock Pot Marinara and your meal is ready. This is another recipe that freezes wonderfully.
To freeze: Bake meatballs, cool, then place them in a single layer on a sheet pan, place in the freezer. Once frozen, place them in a labeled freezer bag. When ready to eat, put them in the fridge in the morning to thaw out and by evening put them in a pot with whatever sauce you fancy and heat through.
Find Bobby’s original recipe here
- 1 lb. ground pork
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1/8 cup dried basil
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped and sauteed
- 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Ground Pork
- Ground Beef
- Dried Basil
- Beaten Eggs
- Grated Parmesan
- Sauteed Garlic
- Bread Crumbs
- Salt and Pepper
- Using about 1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons of meatball mixture, form ball and place on broiler pan (I spray mine with cooking spray). Cook for approx. 30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
- **I use a broiler pan to allow the fat from the meatballs to drain as they cook. If you don't have a broiler pan, it's ok. Just use a rack of some sort (a cooling rack will work here, just spray very well) and place on a sheet pan covered in foil.
- I usually shop at Kroger and my particular store doesn't carry Italian Parsley. I just buy the parsley that they offer and it works.
- Cooking time will depend on the size of your meatball. I use about 2 tablespoons of mix to make my meatballs, so mine take around 30 minutes.
- Kids LOVE to help cook. And I personally think that it is becoming a lost art. This is a perfect recipe to have the kids help with. Don't be afraid to allow your kids to handle raw meat. Just make sure they understand the importance of clean hands before and after. My youngest is 6 and he helps. Plus, they are more likely to eat something that they helped prepare.
- If you are making a batch of these for dinner tonight, double the recipe and freeze. That way you have a quick and easy meal on a busy night. Use for: Meatball Subs/Pizza Toppings/Appetizers/Ziti/Spaghetti & Meatballs
- Wanna get fancy? Cube up some mozzarella cheese and form the meatball around the cheese.