Sunday, May 15, 2011

Meatball Nirvana

I found this recipe online - it was touted as "the perfect meatball".  I've made meatballs using many different recipes, and I do think this one is as good as it gets.  I did make a few changes, of course!

1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp garlic salt
2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
3 dashes hot red pepper sauce
3 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 egg
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup bread crumbs


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Place the meat into a mixing bowl, and add the seasonings, hot pepper sauce, and Worcestershire sauce; mix well. Add the egg, Parmesan cheese, and bread crumbs. Mix until evenly blended, then form into 1 1/2-inch meatballs, and place onto a baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, 20 to 25 minutes.

Tips - If you turn the meatballs over halfway through the cooking process, they will get browned on both sides.  You can also cook these in a frying pan, if you want them to be more seared on the outside. These meatballs have a very intense flavor (salty, savory, spicy!) and will work well in pretty much any sauce, as an appetizer or main course.  Enjoy!

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