13 September 2013

Ladies, Grab Your Tramp: Meatball Recipe

I love food – whew, feels good to finally confess!  Cooking and baking are hobbies of mine.  However, it seems that a disdain for authority has even injected itself into this particular vein of my life…recipes are merely suggested starting points in my book.  Chat with my husband and he’ll say that I have a “penchant for wanting to make things my own.” Probably a nice way of saying I have issues!

Anyways, the other night I really wanted Italian food.  We’ve been trying to be more health conscious so first thing scratched off the list was eating out.  That’s like death to a carb lover. SOOOO, I decided to make my own version of meatballs.

Disclaimer: I’m not a pinch Italian, and while this may seem like re-inventing the wheel, it was quick & easy – make it your own :)

Spaghetti & Meatballs
What you’ll need:
-Hot or mild Italian sausage
-Fresh or dried rosemary
-1 egg
-1/2C breadcrumbs
-Shredded Parmesan
-Diced onion
-Minced garlic
-Spaghetti sauce

Meatball Ingredients
(I stained the top of the kitchen island, thoughts? It was the same color as the cutting board)

Preheat oven to 350°.

In a medium size bowl mix together the chopped fresh rosemary (about 2 tbsp) or use dried rosemary (about 1 tsp), ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese, about 2 tbsp of diced yellow onion, and about 1 tsp of minced garlic – or you can cheat like me and buy the container.

Meatball Ingredients

Add the egg, breadcrumbs and Italian sausage.

Meatball Ingredients

Mix everything together – clean hands work best.  When well mixed, form into golf ball sized mounds and put into a casserole dish or baking sheet – tip: spray with cookingspray or olive oil before putting the meatballs in the dish.

Homemade Meatballs

Bake in the oven (covered) for about 30 minutes.  While the meatballs are cooking prepare your spaghetti & spaghetti sauce.  I also made (cheesy)garlic bread & garden salads.

Baked Meatballs
(as usual I forgot to take a picture before I served us, oops)
Tip: put a folded paper towel in with the remainder of your onion – this helps them last longer!

Save your onion!

Check the center of the thickest meatball – they should be brown all the way through when cooked.  Plate your spaghetti; top with meatballs, sauce and [copious] amounts of shredded Parmesan cheese.

Spaghetti & Meatballs

ENJOY!! Happy Friday!

Xoxo, Kate

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