Sunday, November 4, 2012

Incredible Baked Meatballs

Last week I (Cara's sister, Carissa) got the pleasure to visit The Robles 3 and I have fallen head over heels for this little guy.

I am loving the favorite aunt status since I am currently his only aunt.

While it was fun being in NYC and seeing the sites. The highlight was of course Elliot. He is my new favorite obsession and I am counting down the days until Christmas when I can see that little man again.

As Cara and Eli continue to hang out and rest up, I get to do another recipe of the week.  This week I was going to make Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Chicken. I made the chicken, it was a hit, but the pictures only got as far as the pre-oven phase and no one likes pictures of just raw chicken.

Then I was going to make Berry Yogurt Muffins without eggs because when you have a Cupcake Wars marathon you are bound to want to bake, but when you don't have eggs this presents some difficulties.  

So I made the muffins took the pictures, wasn't in love with them. Maybe it is because I switched from berry to maple raisin halfway through and had already put a 1/8 cup of strawberry yogurt in the batter. However, much to my surprise I couldn't taste the strawberry probably because the rest of the yogurt was plain. The muffins were pretty decent.  So you're thinking ok cool Eggless Maple Raisin Yogurt Muffins, interesting.

Actually, no while the muffins were good, but like I said, I wasn't IN LOVE with them. 

Lately I have found that I love frozen berries dipped in yogurt.  It is a healthy and refreshing snack that satisfies my sweet tooth without much work on my part. 

And there is our recipe for the week!!

Ok, you're right that would just be silly. I decided to make meatballs because I needed something cheap and easy for dinner. Enter the meatball.

I found this recipe on Pinterest a few months ago and have made it a few times. Each time I have made it slightly differently. 

This is the easiest recipe I have seen and is perfect for a dinner that can be dressed up for a date night at home. 

I chopped my onions too big, don't be like me, mince them smaller.

After beating your eggs and milk together you will add these plus other ingredients to your hamburger. 

Pre baked meatballs! "Why aren't they more pink??" I added too many breadcrumbs this time making them, but they forgave me and still turned out well.

With our pasta and meatballs we had cheesy garlic bread. Zach goes nuts for this stuff!

Make a nice dinner date night at home or a cheap dinner for yourself or the fam.

That is one saucy, delicious ball of meat right there.

In the words of our favorite (not so) Desperate Hausfrau:

Guten Appetit.

Incredible Baked Meatballs

1lb hamburger
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 cup panko or bread crumbs
1/2 small onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced,
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup minced fresh basil 
1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 2 baking sheets with foil and drizzle the foil with oil or spray with nonstick spray.

Place the hamburger in a large bowl.  In a small bowl beat the eggs with the milk. Add the egg mix, to the hamburger with the rest of the ingredients.  Mix all ingredients with hands, being careful not to over mix. Form into golf ball sized meatballs. Place on your prepared baking sheets.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Changes I have made to the recipe before:
-Half ground turkey
-Replaced the 1/2 c of milk with 1/2 c mix of Plain nonfat yogurt thinned out with a little milk or water
-4 Egg whites instead of eggs

I haven't tried adding mozzarella or another kind of cheese in addition to the parmesan into the meatballs but I bet it would be good!

Cheesy Garlic Bread

French bread sliced in half. 

Butter the inside of both halves.

Sprinkle with garlic powder to taste.

Sprinkle your desired amount of mozzarella on top as well as a little parmesan.

Place on a baking sheet and broil for a few minutes keeping your eye on it! It will burn quickly!


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I can just imagine that ZPDP loves this combo. You sisters spark my sluggish interest in cooking. Keep up the good work.

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