Homemade Meatballs

You know how when you’re unwell and all you want is something that’s just compact and warm and filling? That is me today. I couldn’t stop thinking about meatballs for some reason. All day at work, I thought about the defrosting minced beef in my fridge and what I wanted to make with it.

That’s before I realized that I don’t have a single egg at home. (On a side note, can I tell you about my dream last night? I ran out of eggs since last week and have been wanting to make chiffon cake for my family’s Chinese New Year gathering in 2 days. I’ve been inexplicably stressed about my eggless situation. So last night, I dreamt that I bought about 30 eggs in a go because I was so happy to see eggs on the supermarket shelves. Probably because the last time I went grocery shopping, the shelves were totally empty. Ugh. Okay, end scene. Boring dream but to be honest, I woke up this morning so excited. Hahaha!)

Back to these meatballs. How do I attain the richness that eggs offer without, well, eggs? I figured using fresh garlic & onion introduces some moisture as they cook as compared to using powdered garlic & onion. ALSO, I cheated by using some sausage meat 😉 Italian sausages is the flavour bomb, peeps. You can totally use 100% minced beef. No problem. But with some spiced sausage meat added in, it guarantees that your meatballs will have plenty of seasonings, spice & flavour. I can use all the help for a work night dinner.
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The bits of fat in the sausages add so much extra richness in the meatballs. No eggs needed. Oh, but if you have some Parmesan, please do yourself a favour and grate some in. Even more goodness and binding power. Sparkles and sunshine.
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I was going to grate my onion into the mixture and then totally forgot. If you grate the onions in or have better chopping skills than I do, they integrate much better into the meat mixture. and wouldn’t fall off so much. Either way though, it turned out wonderful for me so that means this is very forgiving.
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Quite even in size, right? I’m kinda proud of this. Haha!
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I was going back and forth between frying and baking and decided to bake these. Not feeling like cleaning up an oily stove when I’m feeling a tiny bit under the weather.
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All totally ready in 20 minutes. Isn’t that great? And the best part, I used 1/2 of this batch for tonight’s dinner and froze the other half for a future meal. *WIN* Also, if you wanna know what I used these meatballs in, come back again in a few days! 😉 You’ll love it. I just know!

What sorts of meals do you like to make when you need a stick-to-your-ribs, comforting meal that takes barely any time to whip up on a week day? That’s a lot of criteria to meet. 😀

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Homemade Meatballs
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: appx 27 meatballs
Ingredients
  • 300 gm (10 oz) Mince Beef
  • 2 fresh Italian Sausages (100 gm). casing removed & meat broken apart
  • ¼ Panko Breadcrumbs
  • ½ Red Onion, finely minced or grated
  • 1 clove Garlic, finely minced
  • ¼ grated Parmesan
  • pinch of Italian Spices
Steps
  1. Preheat oven to 200 C or 400 F.
  2. In a bowl, mix everything together until evenly mixed.
  3. Roll bits into meatballs and place on a lightly greased sheet pan. You can make it any size you like as long as they are all roughly the same size. I made about 2 teaspoon-sized meatballs
  4. Bake for about 20 mins or until lightly brown.
  5. Remove from oven & leave to cool.
  6. Enjoy with ketchup or pasta!
  7. Freezes well.

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