There’s nothing like a great meatball to take boring, everyday, run of the mill ground beef to a whole new level! Not only are meatballs delicious, they are versatile. Spaghetti and meatballs, meatballs and gravy served with mashed potatoes, meatballs with marinara sauce and salad, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. They’re certainly a favorite at our house.
Generally I make my meatballs just about the size of a golf ball. Usually I use 85/15 hamburger because the fat adds flavor and keeps the meatballs juicy, however with this recipe you can get away with a leaner blend because the addition of mushrooms adds flavor as well as moisture. I find if you don’t try packing the meat too tight when forming the ball, it will hold together better when you cook it.
I always brown the meatballs in a frying pan, then finish them in the oven. I like the flavor the caramelization of the meat brings to the dish even if you are planning on serving the meatballs smothered in sauce.
Another handy tip is, after you have made your hamburger mixture, cook up a small patty for tasting. Then you can tell if the seasoning is to your taste or if you have to add more.
These meatballs also make excellent “sliders” if you flatten slightly and make them into a patty.
Olive or Veggie Oil
½ large onion diced
5 oz mushrooms diced
2 cloves garlic minced
Pinch of crushed red pepper
3 oz fresh spinach chopped
1 pound ground beef
½ cup dry breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ cup of waterIn a large saute pan, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of the oil along with the diced onion and mushroom. Cook over medium heat 5 -8 minutes until onions are soft but not browned. Add in garlic, spinach and red pepper, and cook an additional 2 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper and let cool.In a large bowl put hamburger, egg, breadcrumbs and water. Mix in the onion/mushroom/spinach mixture. Don’t be afraid to use your hands to mix together well. Form into meatballs.Add 1-2 tablespoons of oil to a saute pan and bring to a medium high heat. Brown meatballs on all sides and place on a baking sheet. Finish the meatballs in a preheated 350 degree oven. It should take about 15 minutes. These meatballs also freeze very well.Add to your favorite sauce and serve! Imperfectwomen.com