Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Meat Balls, 2 Ways

The meatballs and marinara that made me "Italian"

Meatballs, such a great, simple food to batch cook and keep on hand. A true protein ball. 

Here are two recipes for meatballs. One is more labor intensive and will take longer to make. The other is a more basic recipe and comes together quick, easy and tasty. It is the second recipe. 

What you need:

ground beef

ground pork


chia seeds, ground, 1/4 cup

onion, diced

garlic, diced

fresh herbs, basil, thyme, oregano 

balsamic vinegar 

salt and pepper


Tools needed:

baking sheet

parchment paper, makes clean up easy

bake at 400 degrees

Ingredients coming together.

How to:

Begin preheating oven to 400 degrees.

Place parchment paper on baking sheet.

Place beef and pork, eggs, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, ground chia seeds and fresh herbs into a large mixing bowl. 

Heat butter with salt and pepper in a sauce pan. Once melted, add the diced onion and garlic. Saut√© until the onion and garlic are browned, some crisp to them. Add to the mixing bowl. 

Mix all the ingredients well, easiest way to do this is with your hands. Get in there. Mix thoroughly. 

Form into about 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls. Place on a baking sheet covered with the parchment paper.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Half way, rotate the pan. 

Take out of the oven. Allow to cool for a few minutes and indulge in yumminess. 

Meatballs ready to hang out in the dry heat.

Simpler version:

ground beef

ground pork


ground chia seeds, 1/4 cup

balsamic vinegar

dried Italian seasoning, 2-3 tablespoons

garlic powder, good shakes

onion powder, same amount as the garlic powder 

salt and pepper to taste

How to:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Place parchment paper on a baking sheet.

Place all the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well. The best way to do this is with your hands, get in there. once mixed, form meat into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls, place on the baking sheet. 

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. At the half way point, rotate the pan. Once cooked, take out of the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Indulge in yummy goodness! 

All baked and resting.

One more picture for drooling purposes.

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