Meatballs

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Meatballs are a great way to use ground beef in while using up random ingredients in the pantry. For me, meatballs are a lot like meatloaf. Some people like to fancy it up and add veal or pork. If you have them on hand, go for it. If not, I see no reason to make a special trip. For breadcrumbs, if you don’t have any handy, look for random crackers in your pantry. I would stay away from cheddar fish, animal crackers or graham because their flavors can throw off the meatball. Last time I used stale chow mein noodles and blended them into crumbs. It turned out REALLY well.

1lb of ground beef
1 large egg
2 Cups bread crumbs
2Tbps Worcestershire sauce
1pkg Onion Soup mix
1tsp Seasoning Salt (I like Johnny’s)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients until fully combined. Use ice cream scoop to keep meatballs a uniform size. If using an ice cream scoop on raw meat gives you the willies, buy one strictly for meat at the dollar store.

Roll and pack the meatballs and place on a cookie sheet about 1/2 inch apart. Place in oven until cooked through and browned in the outside.

If you want a really great treat, take off the cookie sheet while still hit out of the oven and place in a shallow pot of warm red sauce. As the meat cools, it will release juices and soak up red sauce Yummy!

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