I know. Meatballs… boring. I have to tell you that I have never been a fan of ground beef. Meatballs and especially meatloaf are one of the few things that I don’t particularly enjoy. I think its because of the way these types of dishes where prepared when I was growing up . It was just wrong.
Now, I have made my peace with ground beef. However, it has to be a really lean cut and it has to be seasoned just right. I decided to try this recipe and give it my own twist. I promise you, it is very good. Have some homemade tomato sauce handy, or get some of the canned type with basil or with mushrooms to go with it and lots of Parmesan cheese on top!
Meatballs with Tomato Sauce
1 lb. lean ground beef
½ teaspoon garlic powder
⅓ cup breadcrumbs
⅓ cup Parmesan cheese
A couple of sprinkles of fresh parsley, chopped
1 egg, beaten
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
About 2 tablespoons olive oil, to fry the meatballs
1 cup tomato sauce, Italian style
Basil, either fresh or dried.
- Make the meatballs: Combine meat, garlic, breadcrumbs, cheese, parsley, egg, salt, pepper in a bowl; mix together using 2 forks until just combined.
- Roll into 1-inch balls; transfer to a baking sheet.
- Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat.
- Working in batches and adding more oil as necessary, cook meatballs until browned on all sides and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes.
- Warm up the tomato sauce and add basil.
- Serve meatballs warm, topped with sauce. Garnish with cilantro over pasta.
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