Sunday, April 27, 2014

In: Classic spaghetti and meatballs

Growing up as a Korean American, my family didn't really have spaghetti and meatballs all that often. In fact, I can't recall ever making meatballs... But the boy wanted to make meatballs so here I am, figuring out how to make a good meatball. I found a recipe, tried it once, and decided to provide my modified instructions. If you want to see the original recipe,click here.

Step 1: Gather your ingredients

-1 lb lean ground beef
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 small onion (or about 1/2 cup), diced
-1/2 tsp garlic powder
-3/4 tsp oregano
-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
-1 dash hot sauce
-1 1/2 Tbsp Worchestershire sauce
-1/3 c milk
-1/4 c grated Parmesan
-1/2 c Italian seasoned breadcrumbs (or add 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning)
-1 egg

Step 2: Prep the oven
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3: Mix ingredients

In a large bowl, mix together the beef, salt, onion, garlic powder, oregano, red pepper flakes, hot sauce, and Worchestershire sauce.

Add and mix in the milk, Parmesan cheese, and bread crumbs.

I also added in an egg to hold the meatballs together.

Step 4: Form the meatballs

Using your hands, two spoons, or an ice cream scooper (make sure to wash thoroughly if you use the scooper!), create your meatballs, mine ended up being about 2" in diameter, but make then whatever size you prefer.

Step 5: Bake

Put the meatballs on a baking sheet or in a baking dish. I chose to drench mine in some pasta sauce so those tomato juices would get absorbed into the meatballs. Bake the meatballs for approximately 20-25 minutes, checking to make sure they are not pink in the middle. 

Step 6: Serve

Serve atop a bed of spaghetti and pasta sauce or really any other type of pasta! You can also serve them with some mashed potatoes, mac 'n cheese, or polenta. Try it, and let me know if you have any suggestions!



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