Monday, March 7, 2011
I have to be real honest. Meatballs kinda gross me out! Like, I would never go to an Italian restaurant and choose the "meatballs" on the menu! If we get down to the nitty gritty, I'm all around a finicky farmer when it comes to meat! Period! Just the thought of biting into a rubbery or grissley piece of meat makes me want to GAG! Okay, so now that I've made you lose your appetite, here's some good news! Several years ago when I was working as a corporate chef I made a meatball recipe to give the execs I worked for a bit of variety! And this recipe has stuck with me ever since!!! Perfectly seasoned and tender! I LOVE these balls!!!;) And believe me when I tell you, that says a lot!!!! And they are so easy to make!
Thoroughly mix together using your hands:
3 lbs ground beef or sirloin, approx
1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning(I use Morton & Bassett, love the flavor and no MSG:)
2 teaspoons sea or kosher salt
Once the ingredients above are mixed well, roll into 1 1/2-2 inch in diameter balls. Put in a frying pan over medium high heat to brown slightly and lock in juices! Take a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce and poor half of the jar into the bottom of your empty crock pot. Then put your browned meatballs in the crock pot and cover with the other half of the sauce. Cook on low for 4-5 hours! It's all about the slow cooking with these little gems people! Don't try to rush perfection!!! Enjoy with your favorite pasta!!! Make sure you have extra sauce on the side! The recipe above makes roughly 35 meatballs, which serves about 7-8 hungry people!!!
Disclaimer: Don't let the images fool you! Obviously it was dinner time and a little too dark outside to take advantage of nice natural light! Sorry about that!:/
images by Kara