Jan 22, 2010

Baked Meatballs



Meatballs are a dish that I grew up with, my mom used to make those once a week and we never had left overs. Back then my mom used to fry them, now we bake them, much more healthier.

Ingredients:


1 kg of chicken ground meat (or turkey)
2 cups of bread crumbs ( I used Italian)
1 small onion finely chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tbsp of dry herbs (I used italian herbs)
1 extra large ( or 2 small) egg lightly beaten
1 medium potato peeled and finely shredded
1 tsp of smoked paprika
1/4 cup chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste.



Place all the ingredients except the chicken broth and the beaten egg, in a large bowl and mix well. Add the chicken broth and egg and mix well. With moist hands form heaped tbsp of mixture into balls, and place them on a baking sheet fitted with a greased cooling rack ( that's the one I found works best).



Place in a preheated oven of 400˚F for 30 to 35 minutes ( or depending on your oven). The meatballs are done when the colour is a nice golden brown and no longer pink inside.




When the meatballs are cooked thru, you can served them with a side dish, mashed potatoes is my boys favorite side dish next to meatballs or you can take it a step further which I usually do and the boys just love it.

In an oven proof dish pour about 1 cup of pizza sauce or your favorite pasta sauce. What you need is to make sure that the bottom of the dish is generously covered in sauce. Place the meatballs in the sauce. I have three boys so I usually make about 13-14.



Top with a little more sauce spooned on each meatball and with shredded cheese. I used muenster cheese but mozzarella works just as well.




Place in the oven (which should be nice and hot same 400˚F) for 7 to 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with your favorite side dish.




Enjoy!

26 comments:

Emily Ziegler said...

Oh yummm! These look delicious!

Laura said...

Thank you Emily!

pegasuslegend said...

these are so healthy for you....and the cheese is awesome and sauce....I love mine baked extra crispy, can you send me some please :)

Laura said...

I wish I could, but no more left, all gone....:-)

Drick said...

oh my goodness, that gooey cheese looks so good - made meatballs just last week. the potatoes are different, momma always put spinach in hers and I do many times - will try the potatoes

Laura said...

Thanks Drick. I never tried the potatoes with spinach, just with garlic and herbs :-)

Rochelle said...

Great idea to bake those yummy meatballs!

Laura said...

Thank you Rochelle:-)

Federica said...

wow devono essere buonissime!

Sage said...

What a great way of bringing plain meatballs up nice enough to serve company.

alison said...

laura,arata delicios,iar ultima poza e absolut unica!si noi le coacem in cuptor,facem si cu sos,dar cu brinza never,deci mi-ai dat o superidee!un weekend minunat!

Laura said...

Thank you Rita, My friends and my boys just love it this way:-)

Laura said...

Ma bucur ca i-ti place ideea, si tie un weekend minunat:-)

Miranda said...

This looks fantastic. I am so making this for the hubs. He loves meatballs.

Mother Rimmy said...

Fantastic! I love that you baked these instead of frying. Caveman at Caution:Caveman Cooking gave me an Honest Award recently. Part of accepting the award is to pass it along to your favorite blogs. I'm passing it along to your blog. :)

http://motherrimmy.com/wordpress/?p=4207

Kristi

Laura said...

Thank you, Miranda I hope your husband ia going to like these.

Laura said...

Thank you Kristi, I'm honored:)

lululu said...

oh, wow, incredibly beautiful meatball dish i've ever seen. it must taste divine!

Laura said...

Thank you lululu.
they do taste very good:-)

pegasuslegend said...

hi laura when you get a chance please stop by my blog I have something for you to pick up

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Wonderfully prepared and that last image has me wanting some of these now...fork is ready!


CCR
=:~)

woodsman said...

Aother way to go with the meaat ball is to use sweet and sour sauce on them!

leo said...

How beautiful the dish is! I like it and it is so yummy! I can't wait to try it!
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No-Frills Recipes said...

Think dipping them in some chilli sauce will be superb!

alison said...

buna ,laura!toate bune?ai o mica vacanta sau esti f. ocupata?ai un premiu la mine!pupici!

Laura said...

Thank you for all the kind comments:-)

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