Last night my two adult children came home for dinner for their favorite childhood meal…Mommy’s Spaghetti and Meatballs!  My favorite meatball recipe blog was originally posted in March of this year but yesterday I tweaked it even more, so I wanted to share again because it is now absolute perfection and my whole family agrees!  
As far as the ingredients go, I only made two small changes.  First, instead of using an onion, I substituted shallots and I think that brought more flavor into the meat because it also has that “garlicky” flavor.  Now, I like to saute my shallots before adding them to the mixture, but that is simply a personal preference so if you like more of a raw onion taste, you can skip that step.  I also added 2 teaspoons of hot sauce.  This is completely optional but I do love to use Crystal Hot Sauce because it is more tangy than spicy so it is a perfect complement to the ketchup already in the recipe.
My main change is the cooking method…I skipped the oil and the browning and put them straight in the oven.  Much easier and they came out perfect!  So here is my original blog reflecting my new changes 🙂
Every summer, I can my own spaghetti sauce so I have that fresh taste of tomatoes during the winter and and what better compliment to the sauce?  The Meatball!  A savory bite of beef, veal, and pork with cheese, garlic, and all those delicious seasonings…Simple, savory, and succulent! While I will only share my secret sauce recipe with my children, my meatball is something you must try!meatball
Over the years, I have tried many meatball recipes but the one that I liked best came from Giada De Laurentiis from her Mini Meatball Heroes recipe on Food Network.  While I have made some changes to her recipe including cooking method, you can try her original  by clicking on the link following this recipe.
This makes approximately 50 meatballs but  I always double the recipe so I have plenty to freeze in individual bags to use whenever I am in the mood for a homemade meatball. 
Now, take off your rings and get ready to get your hands really dirty for some fun meatball making!
Ingredients (Makes 50 small meatballs)
6 oz ground beef
6 oz ground veal
6 oz ground pork
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp of onion powder
1 tsp mustard powder
1 cup shallots, finely chopped (I prefer to saute these in a little olive oil but this is totally optional)
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
1 large egg
3 tbs ketchup
2 tbsp hot sauce (I prefer Crystal Hot Sauce)
3 garlic cloves, minced
2/3 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup dried Italian-style bread crumbs
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
Using your hands mix the meats together well.  Add the salt, onion powder, and dry mustard, and blend in well.  Add the shallots, parsley, egg, ketchup, hot sauce and garlic: mix well.  Stir in the cheese and bread crumbs.  image
Using about 2 tablespoons of meat for each, shape the meat mixture into 1 1/4 to 1 1/2-inch-diameter meatballs. Place on a baking sheet.
Meatballs ready to go into oven
Meatballs ready to go into oven
Bake for 25 minutes, turning them over halfway.
Out of the oven and ready to go into the sauce
Out of the oven and ready to go into the sauce
Add to your favorite sauce and enjoy!
My homemade sauce and meatballs..This is the ultimate Italian comfort food!
My homemade sauce and meatballs..This is the ultimate Italian comfort food!
Buon Appetito!
Buon Appetito!

Tip:  To freeze, allow to cool and place in freezer safe storage bags…they are just as fresh tasting when reheated!


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