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A Meatball Party

 I think the secret to a good meatball is moistening the binding agent (breadcrumbs) with a flavourful  liquid, which results in a light, tender meatball.

I made a big batch of meatballs the other night. It made enough for a couple of nights worth of dinners as well as a few days worth of  lunches. I would  highly recommend doubling this recipe, and freezing the remainder. Throw the meatballs into your favorite pasta sauce, soup, sub or pita for a quick and delicious  lunch or dinner.

Basic Meatball Recipe
(makes 45-50 small meatballs)

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 lb. lean ground pork
1 onion, grated  or pureed in food processor
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup bread crumbs or cracker crumbs ( I used  rice crackers)
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
about 1 1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, mix together beef, pork, onion, garlic..In a small bowl beat egg. Add bread crumbs, Worcestershire, parsley, Parmesan, salt and pepper. Let mixture stand for a few minutes, until bread crumbs absorb liquid. Add to meat mixture. Mix gently, just until incorporated.( Don't over mix or you will have little hockey pucks for meatballs.) At this point you want to test the mixture for seasoning. Take a small amount and pan- fry for a few minutes.( I microwave a small ball for 20 seconds.)  Taste and adjust seasoning.





Spray a sheet pan with cooking spray. Scoop out mixture with a small ice cream scoop. Roll into balls and put on sheet pan in even rows. Bake until just cooked through, about 20 minutes.







Day # One:

Italian Wedding Soup
(serves 4)

Vegetable oil
2 carrots, small dice
1 onion, small dice
2 ribs celery, small dice
pinch dried thyme
7 cups chicken stock
1/2 batch meatballs
2 cups cooked, small pasta (I used small shells)
a few large handfuls of fresh baby spinach, chopped
freshly grated Parmesan for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, heat veg. oil. Add carrots, onion and celery. Cook over low heat until tender. Add thyme, chicken stock, meatballs to pot. Let simmer 20 minutes. To serve:  Add spinach to pot. Put 1/4 cup or so cooked pasta in each serving bowl. Add hot soup. Top each bowl with freshly  grated Parmesan.   

Day# 2: Spaghetti and Meatballs



OK. This one isn't really a recipe. In a large saucepan, heat your favorite pasta sauce. Add meatballs and let simmer for a 10 to 15 minutes. Toss with hot, cooked pasta. Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan.


I think this would also make a great appetizer for  a cocktail party. Toss meatballs with Teriyaki or BBQ sauce. Heat in oven until meatballs are warmed through and sauce has thickened and made a glaze on meatballs. Serve with toothpicks.

To Freeze:
Put cooked meatballs on a sheet pan. Freeze until solid. Put in plastic food storage bags or containers. Keep in freezer until ready to use.
                    

Tags: Meatball, Beef, Pork, Italian Wedding Soup

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