Meatballs yesterday, so I put them on a cookie sheet and put them in a 375 oven, and baked them! I know, now don't faint! Now let me tell you, I have always fried my meatballs, just like my Mom. Once I baked them, but they didn't have that flavor, you know of being fried in a little oil on the stove...YUMMO! Can I tell you how much easier it was, and so delicious! I then took them out and immediately put them into my homemade sauce, and they cooked in there for about 4 hours, and they were tender and perfect! I asked my Hubby if he liked them, and he said, "Yes, but what's different?" I told him, and he said that he actually liked them better.....who would have known.
Here's the recipe, for my Homemade Meatballs, but now they are baked! You try them, and let me know what YOU think!
2 pounds chop meat (85% lean would do)
1 1/2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup milk
3 TBS fresh parsley
1 TBS fresh basil
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/4; cup Parm cheese
Mix together with your HANDS......YES... you need to do this with your hands!!! Roll into medium size balls. Line a cookie sheet with foil, and grease with cooking spray, cause they will stick. Put the meatballs on the tray and BAKE in a 375 oven 5 minutes on each side, turn them don't let them burn... they won't be cooked through, and if your not dropping them into sauce, cook them a little longer. Transfer to the big pot of simmering sauce. Cook for 3 hours on simmer, or all day if you have that time.....uncovered.....yes uncovered, or if the tiny spattering of sauce on your stove bothers you, then put the lid on, but not all the way, you need the sauce to thicken and with the lid on, it will not thicken! YUMMO!!!!
Hint - I'm always thinking ahead so it seems, so not all of the meatballs were cooked yesterday. I made tiny ones for my Italian Wedding Soup, that I'm going to make next week. I just rolled them into tiny balls, put them on a cookie sheet, put them in the freezer. Today when they were frozen, I put them into a ziplock bag, back into the freezer for next week....now that's thinking ahead!