Regretfully, it has been soooo long since I have posted a new recipe on my blog. I love cooking, but creating new recipes takes time. The last couple of months have been crazy for me. Between working, traveling, studying, and playing with my new puppy, I have not had time to cook and test out different recipes like I used to. Being that I am so busy, my favorite recipes are the quick, easy, and delicious ones. Who am I kidding – is that not what everyone loves?!?!
On the weekends, I usually go on a massive cooking spree and make dinners for my husband and I to bring to work for the entire week (since we both work at night now). Lately, I have been a bit obsessive about cooking meatballs. After all, they are super easy to make, and are fulfilling meals on those busy weekdays. I have experimented with several different meatball recipes, testing out different ingredients each time. Finally, I can say I have a new go to recipe that I look forward to making just about every other week.
Let me tell you about this recipe. It can be made with ground beef or ground turkey, if you are opting for a healthier version. While you do not have to add the tomatoes or onions to this recipe, these ingredients really give the meatballs an extra flavor that trumps all other meatball recipes that I have tried. The great thing about these meatballs is that they are so versatile. I can pair them with almost any side, and they make a deliciously enjoyable meal for the night
That’s enough talking about the recipe. Let’s get to the instructions on how to make it!
- 1lb of ground beef or ground turkey (your choice!)
- 3/4 cup of grated cheese (1/2 parmesan, 1/2 mozzerella)
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
- 1/3 cup chopped onion
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 tbsp. ketchup
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp freshly chopped Italian parsley
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or 176 degrees C
Step 2 : Cook diced tomatoes and chopped onions until brown
For this step, add a little bit of olive oil to a medium-sized pan and brown the tomatoes and onions. It is not completely necessary to complete this step. Personally, however, I find the onions and tomatoes to be more flavorful when they are cooked in a pan first.
Step 3: Mix meat, milk, and cheese in a large bowl
While the tomatoes and onions are in the pan, mix the meat, cheese, and milk in a large bowl. Use a slow-medium speed for this step. The end result should look like the above picture.
Step 4: Mix breadcrumbs, tomatoes, and onions into the mixture
Once the tomatoes and onions are brown, remove them from the pan and add them to the mixture. Using a medium speed, mix the breadcrumbs, tomatoes, and onions thoroughly into the mixture.
Step 5: Mix garlic, parsley, ketchup, salt and pepper into mixture
This step is similar to the step above. Add the seasoning, ketchup, and garlic to the mixture. With a medium speed, mix the final ingredients into the mixture until they are no longer visible.
Step 6: Roll the mixture into small-medium sized balls
First, line a baking pan with parchment paper. If you desire to do so, spray the parchment paper with a non-stick cooking spray. Next, roll the meat mixture into golf-ball sized balls and space them evenly apart on the pan. I had enough mixture to make exactly 16 meatballs. Depending on how big you make the meatballs, you should have enough mixture to make the same amount.
Step 7: Bake for 30-35 minutes
Place the meatballs in the oven for 30-35 minutes until the tops start to brown. You will want to check and make sure that there is no more pink on the inside of the meatballs before removing them completely from the oven.
Step 8: Allow 10 minutes to cool before serving – then enjoy!!
Caution, they may still be hot after 10 minutes – this is just a suggestion.
After making these meatballs, I ate some (of course). Then, I used the remaining meatballs to pack 3 different meals for the week for my husband and I to take to work. In total, it took about 30 minutes to make these meatballs, including the time it took to cut the tomatoes and onions. I love the simplicity and ease of this recipe, along with the delicious results. Adding tomato and onion to the meatballs really adds a pop of flavor to the mixture.
Bonus: 3 Products that Helped with this Recipe
Honestly, I do not know how I managed without a garlic press for so long. Okay, maybe that is a bit dramatic. Cutting your garlic by hand is not so bad. At least, that is what I thought before I bought a garlic press. The garlic press makes your life so much easier. You do not have to waste time trying to chop garlic into itty bitty pieces. Even better, your hands do not have to smell like garlic for the next week either. The garlic press makes a tedious and mundane task into something quick and efficient. You simply place the clove of garlic into the press and watch it become minced right before your eyes. It even comes with an awesome accessory that peels the outer layer of garlic off for you. This is worth the money.
Having a hand mixer is great because it is easy to maneuver and efficient. Since I currently have limited kitchen space, it is great to be able to place my mixer in the closet whenever I am not using it. Also, I love having the freedom to use my mixer wherever I want in the kitchen. The good thing about hand mixers is that there are so many different varieties to purchase. You can opt for an affordable option, or you can purchase a decked out professional version.
Is it lame that food containers can make me so happy? If I had to pick my absolute favorite item that I purchased online in the past few months (or, possibly forever lol) this is it. I cannot say enough how happy I am with these storage containers. Since they are made from glass, they are much more durable than other plastic containers I have bought in the past. Additionally, they each come with their own sets of silverware, and a place to store it inside the lid. The container is divded into 3 sections instead of 2. I love having 3 spaces to store food for my vegetable, starch, and meat. As I stated earlier in the post, I usually prepare dinner for the week in advance for my husband and I. These containers have made it so much easier for me to do so. I hope they can do the same for someone else!