Easy Peasy Baked Meatballs

Meatballs.  Not the most glamorous of food items but I’ve never had people turning down a nice bowl of meatballs. I always thought they were difficult to make, until I tried making some myself and was pleasantly surprised at how easy they are to make, especially when using the oven!
Just cook up a quick pot of pasta  and you are ready to feed hungry family members and a few late-notice guests. There will be odd hours when you’ll have famished teenagers or visitors you HAVE to feed. Spoken with experience having had teenage brothers at some point of my life.
Back to these meatballs. I didn’t have a recipe so I tried to come up with one using whatever I had on hand. I like to say I did pretty well on my little creative run. ;-)

For starters, I began with a slice of stale bread, sundried tomato pesto, blanched whole almonds, an egg & grated Parmesan.
Easy Peasy Baked Meatballs 1

The slice of bread & almonds are reduced into rubble. You could use packaged breadcrumbs but I didn’t have those.
Easy Peasy Baked Meatballs 2

Then mix in the cheese, sundried tomato paste & egg into the crumbs to create the binder for our meatballs.
Easy Peasy Baked Meatballs 3

I used a mix of minced pork and beef for this. I felt that both minces were a bit too lean, causing for a slightly dry meatball. Next time, I’ll go for slightly fattier mince or throw one or two rashers of streaky bacon in.
Easy Peasy Baked Meatballs 4

With the binder nice and mixed…
Easy Peasy Baked Meatballs 5

…then the meat is turned into the processor. Pro tip: Do not over blend this. Pulse only a few tines to mix. Otherwise you get golfballs instead of juicy meatballs.
Easy Peasy Baked Meatballs 6

Silly me forgot the salt earlier so here it goes!
Easy Peasy Baked Meatballs 7

I got about 12 large meatballs from this recipe.
Easy Peasy Baked Meatballs 8

Browned and cooked in the oven.
Easy Peasy Baked Meatballs 9

I served this with my Spanish Capellini.
Easy Peasy Baked Meatballs 10

They were nice and firm and flavourful!
Easy Peasy Baked Meatballs 11

But can always be improved with some Balsamic Glaze. ;-)
Easy Peasy Baked Meatballs 12
Do you make meatballs the traditional way? If not, what cheats do you use? I’m all ears.

signature

“He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.” (Isaiah 25:8)

Line divider

Easy Peasy Baked Meatballs
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Side
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 oz (250gm) Minced Meat (I used a combination of pork & beef)
  • 10 blanched skinless Almonds
  • 1 slice stale Bread
  • 1 tbsp Sundried Tomato Pesto (contains garlic, onion, basil & thyme)
  • 1 Egg
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan
  • ½ tsp Salt (more to taste)
Steps
  1. Preheat oven to 375F or 180C.
  2. In a food processor or blender, blend up the slice of bread into crumbs.
  3. Toss in almonds and blend until mixture looks like sand,
  4. Add sundried tomato pesto, egg, Parmesan & salt. Pulse until mixture is evenly mixed.
  5. Add minced meat into the processor at this point. Pulse only until everything is just combined. Overmixing will create tough meatballs. Alternatively, turn out bread crumb mixture and mix into meat with a spoon.
  6. Roll meat mixture into balls, using a measuring spoon to ensure even size for even cooking.
  7. Lay meatballs on a lined sheet pan.
  8. Bake for 20 mins until golden and cooked through. Break one open to check.
  9. Serve with Balsamic Glaze, ketchup or bubble in some marinara sauce to enjoy with pasta.
Notes
Try to use mince that isn’t too lean for fear of dry meatballs. If meat is too lean, add 1-2 rashers of streaky bacon to give it more fat & flavour.

Comments

  1. Your oven version makes it so easy to pull together. I would love some tasty meatballs now.

  2. You’re speaking my language with these meatballs, Jayne. I’m a HUGE fan of a weeknight meatball because they’re just so wonderful and easy and home-y and remind me of my mom… and I kind of want to make up a batch right now.

    I love that you used such different ingredients in yours. (Blanched almonds? Pesto?) I clearly need to give this a try soon. :)

    • Aren’t they great? Any kind of homey dishes that can be reinvented for the weekday night is awesome. I love that using pesto adds so much flavour in it already, without having to add much more.

      Ps: I’m still eyeing your biscuits recipe Haven’t gotten my hands on some decent sausage yet. Soon!!

      • They really are wonderful! And I agree — it is awesome! I’m gonna have to try this pesto addition because it sounds lovely!

        Can’t wait to hear what you think of the biscuits and gravy once you get your hands on the necessary ingredients. Excited for you, and I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

Tell me more!