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Fri, Jan. 16th, 2009, 09:44 am
Meatballs!

Here is the recipe for my famous yummy meatballs:

Meatball Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 small or 4 large cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice

Other

  • 90 oz. pasta sauce (I recommend Ragu Old World Traditional if you do not make your own sauce)
Mince the garlic and mix all meatball ingredients together. Form about 50 small meatballs from the mixture. Pour pasta sauce into a large cooking pot. Add raw meatballs to the cold sauce; make sure the sauce covers all the meatballs (do not brown). Heat on medium-high until sauce begins to bubble, then cover the pot and turn heat down to medium until sauce is consistently simmering, then turn heat down to medium-low or low to maintain simmering. Continue to cook for 90 minutes after sauce began simmering, stirring occasionally.

Comments

Ground turkey has been substituted for the meat with excellent results, so I expect other meat substitutions will work well, too. If anyone can mangle the recipe to make vegetarian meatballs (or even vegan meatballs if cheese and egg substitutes are also found), I am interested so please let me know. The meat is not to be browned before cooking because the flavors of the meatballs and the pasta sauce are meant to mix together more than they do in traditional recipes where browning the surface of the meatballs prevents as much exchange of flavor. At the end of cooking, the sauce will be a "lightly meated" meat sauce. A relatively plain pasta sauce is purposely used at the beginning so that the resulting sauce reflects the flavor of the meatballs; keep this in mind when deciding on what sauce to use. Also, if you prefer larger meatballs, adjust the cooking time upward to keep them on the heat long enough to cook through.

Give me some feedback on the recipe if you try it out! Thanks!

Mon, Feb. 21st, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Yummy

These meatballs look great! I can't wait to try them!

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John Edwards
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