I’m a meatball newbie. Sure, I’ve made them before, but I always encountered problems. The mixture wasn’t evenly combined, the meatballs wouldn’t cook evenly, and I’d leave feeling frustrated.
However, thanks to the glories of Facebook and the interwebs, as well as trial and error, I’ve learned a couple tricks for making the job easier.
The recipe I’m using is from Betty Crocker, and it is ridiculously simple and scrumptious. The “tips” will follow the post.
- lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
- cup Italian-style bread crumbs
- cup milk
- teaspoon salt
- teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- teaspoon pepper
- small onion, finely chopped (1/4 cup)
- Heat oven to 400°F. Line 13×9-inch pan with foil; spray with cooking spray.
In large bowl, mix all ingredients. Shape mixture into 20 to 24 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs. Place 1 inch apart in pan.
- Bake uncovered 18 to 22 minutes or until no longer pink in center.
- Now, whether it is meatballs or meat loaf, there is one foolproof way of making sure your meat mixture is thoroughly combined…and that is my dear friend, my Kitchenaid.
- If you have one, make sure you use it for more than just baking. It does an excellent job mixing an evenly combined meatball mixture (or meatloaf, etc.)
- To make uniform (or closely uniform, anyway) meatballs, pat your meat mixture onto a solid surface, like a cutting board, in a roughly 6″ x 4″ square.
- (Notice, I said “roughly.” Of course, since I am blogging this, I can’t get it close to save my life.)
- With a butter knife, cut mixture into six rows and four columns (basically, into 24 balls).
- Then roll into balls and place into pan! Bake as indicated!
- Isn’t that easy?