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Weeknight Meatballs


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1 pound Lepp’s ground beef (You can use a mix of beef and pork)

2/3 cup fresh bread crumbs or 1/2 cup panko

1/3 cup milk or water

2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan or Romano cheese (optional)

1 teaspoon coarse or kosher salt

A pinch of red pepper flakes or few grinds of black pepper

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

2 large eggs

1 garlic clove, minced


Place meat, crumbs, milk or water, parsley, cheese (if using), 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, onion powder, eggs and minced garlic in a large bowl. Mix all of this together with a fork, which does a good job of breaking up the eggs and chunks of meat or use your hands. Form mixture into 1 1/2 to 2-inch meatballs, and arrange on a plate. Set in fridge for 30 minutes, which helps them hold their shape.

To help form meatballs into a smooth ball, lightly oil your hands, adding another drop or two half-way, or rinse them in between a few times with cold water.

If you’re planning to use these in a marinara sauce for spaghetti, or an open meatball sandwich on garlic bread, then there’s no need to bake them – they’ll cook right in the sauce. Go ahead and skip over to this recipe now.

Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Yield: 22 to 24 small (about 1.5-inch or 1.5 tablespoon) meatballs.  To ensure the meatballs are all an equal size, I first portion them out using a small ice-cream scoop and then roll them.

Don’t let the photo fool you, these meatballs can be used for a lot more than just spaghetti & meatballs (although, that’s a very good option!). You can also use this recipe as a starting point for Asian inspired Sweet & Sour Meatballs – but in that case, you can hold the parmesan cheese and supplement the milk with coconut milk.


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