Monday, February 9, 2015

Steve's famous meatballs

Steve makes killer meatballs. They're seriously the best I've ever had and always so popular whenever he makes them for a crowd. Being half Italian, it's natural for him. A lot of times, when he makes these meatballs for a big Sunday family meal for the whole family, he makes homemade pasta too. Even our picky eaters in the family would devour these, so that really says something. My husband himself is the Italian mother in law when it comes to meatball and homemade pasta. Haha. He once made them for our house party with about 70 people, where there was plenty of fancy catered food, these meatballs were the first to be gone. Every single one of them. And what took us so long to share this recipe? Well..he said whenever he sat down to write the recipe quickly, something always came up and he didn't have a chance. But in my opinion, I think he was offended that I put it as Steve's ALMOST famous meatballs. Now that I finally got the recipe from him, with some respect, I changed the title and named it Steve's FAMOUS meatballs. Maybe this will make him share his simple homemade pasta recipe soon. =) 

I should take some better pictures of the meatballs and update the post one of these days. I always tend to be in a hurry and not focused when he makes them and these pictures really don't do justice. He likes to slightly undercook the meatballs and finish cooking in the sauce. When we serve them for a crowd, we do that and keep them in the slow cooker on low until guests are ready. But I always make sure he cooks a small batch all ready to nibble on. I love the crust when they are straight out of the oven. Writing this makes me crave some meatballs now. You can make them for your small family too, they freeze very well. We freeze the non-sauced leftover meatballs in the freezer so we always have some meatballs for emergency. Like...a lazy dinner. =)  

By the way, we do make tomato sauce time to time but we usually use Rao's sauce. Most of the time, Marinara or tomato basil - our favorite. They're the best. So far, nothing could beat their sauce in our opinion. (Even our homemade sauce unfortunately. Haha)

Steve's famous meatballs

*Makes about 30 meatballs
Ingredients :

1 lb ground beef(we use 85%/15%)
1 lb Italian sausage(we prefer no fennel one for the meatball), out of casing
1 cup grated Parmesan  
1 1/4 cup Italian style breadcrumbs
3 eggs
3 Tbsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup fresh flat leave parsley finely chopped

Directions :

1. In a large mixing bowl, place ground beef and sausage. Mix until well combined.

2. Add rest of the ingredients and mix with hands. Mixture should not be too wet or too dry. If it's too dry, add a little milk. Too wet, add a little more breadcrumbs.

3. Shape them into about 2oz balls. You can use a cookie scoop or by hands. 

4. Place the meatballs on a lightly greased lined baking sheet and broil on the bottom rack for 4-5 minutes. Flip the meatballs and broil for 4-5 minutes. If eating directly, make sure they're fully cooked as it contains pork sausage.

* If I'm serving them in the sauce, I like to slightly undercook the meatballs and simmer in the sauce to finish cooking.

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