Saturday, July 20, 2013

Meatball Minis

Reasons to have a good and tasty meatball recipe:

A. Cheap
B. Easy 
C. Delicious
D. Versatile
E. Incredibly satisfying as a meatball slider; or, with spaghetti & red sauce, or, simply, on a toothpick. 

I found this twist on meatballs from Ted Allen's 'In My Kitchen' cookbook and thought I'd share it just because any college kid looking for ways to keep things simple, affordable without sparing the tastebuds will want a "go-to" meatball sub or pasta dish.

Check it out. 
Total cost: approx $15 to $20
Makes: approx 22-25 nice size meatballs

Large mixing bowl
Large Non-stick skillet
(If your skillet is smaller, you will have to do meatballs in 2 separate batches)
Functioning stovetop with electricity

1 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
1/3 cup chicken stock
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/8 -1/4 tsp of cayenne 
( if you don't like spicy, just use regular black pepper)

1 jar of your favorite quality marinara / pasta sauce
Regular dinner rolls for sliders, hoagie roll for meatball sub, or box of pasta--you choose how to use these delicious and spicy bites.

1. Wash your hands and read all steps.
2. Combine all ingredients into large mixing bowl.

3. Form approximately 22-25 golf-ball size meatballs with your washed bare hands

4. Heat large non-stick skillet with 3 Tablespoons of olive oil over MEDIUM

5. Place meatballs in a single layer in skillet so that they do not touch. 
6. Brown meatballs on all sides. Do not rush this step. Takes about 15 minutes.

7. Once all the meatballs are browned, but not fully cooked, add your favorite red sauce to the skillet along with the meatballs.

8. Let this simmer on LOW until meatballs fully cooked. 
9. Toast your slider rolls with butter in the meantime.

10. Add meatball with provolone, and your slider is done! 

Alternatively, make a box of spaghetti and have 'Spaghetti & Meatballs' instead; and, use the rolls for garlic toasts.

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