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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Mega Meatballs

    The other night the hubby asked what was for dinner and when I replied with meatballs and spaghetti, he was being funny and asked if they were going to be big meatballs. 
   "Hey Honey, are they going to be big softball-sized meatballs or little golf ball meatballs? Go big or stay at home!"
    OK, the challenge has been issued, so I made some big honkin' meatballs, a quarter pound each to be exact. I've seen this done on TV often - a big batch of meatballs baked in the oven and then topped with homemade sauce. I knew I could do that, too. 

    I mixed the sauce together in a bowl and poured it over the browned meatballs in a casserole dish and covered it with foil to simmer. I've learned to love foil. It acts just like a lid that keeps the moisture in and the steam helps finish the cooking and keeps the meat from drying out.  
   The end result turned out good. Two meatballs were served on thin spaghetti and topped with sauce and Parmesan. The hubby was pleased and I couldn't even finish my plate. Well, they were some big honkin' meatballs.

Ready for oven.
Meatballs
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground Italian sausage (hot or mild)
1/4 cup onion, diced fine
2 cloves garlic, diced fine
salt and pepper
1/4 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. parsley
3 T. mayonnaise (or 1 large egg)
1 heal of bread, torn into crumbled bits

Sauce
1 can/jar pasta sauce of choice
1/4 cup chopped onion, optional
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 dozen pepperoni slices
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. parsley
1 tsp. oregano
salt and pepper
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper, optional
4 oz. sliced mushrooms, optional

Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 13x9x2 baking dish.


Mix all meatball ingredients in medium bowl. Combine well.


Shape into 8 large meatballs, the size of baseballs. Bake for 25-30 minutes until meat is lightly browned and juices look clear.

While meatballs are cooking, in medium bowl, combine sauce ingredients. Set aside until needed.

When meatballs are browned, top with sauce and cover with foil. Return to 350 oven for 25-30 minutes. Serve over cooked pasta. Makes 8 meatballs, serving 4-6.

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