Homemade Meatballs

Homemade Meatballs

Homemade Meatballs

Now that Halloween is behind us it’s time to think about the holidays ahead.  I always feel that Halloween kicks off the holiday season, it does it my house.  Once trick or treating is done and the Halloween decor has been put away I turn my attention to planning our Thanksgiving dinner and getting ready for Christmas.  It’s a very busy time for me!

I think the weeks leading up to the holidays are busy for everyone, we need to shop, cook, bake, clean, decorate, and more along with all the daily work that we do.  One this is certain holiday planning or not we still have to eat.  Cooking and planning daily meals can be challenging during this season.  I know many times we end up grabbing fast food on the way home or ordering in pizza just to have something to eat for dinner, but I really hate doing this.  I get tired of eating out and I really do like my home cooking!  So to make my life a bit easier I like to stock my freezer with pre-made dishes that we can pop in the oven on the days I don’t have time to cook.

One of the easiest things to work with are meatballs.  I know, you can buy pre-made frozen meatballs at the grocery store, but my family hates them!  I don’t like the spongy consistency, I find them very unappetizing.  They don’t taste too good either.  So I spend about 30 minutes one day and make my own meatballs which I freeze in ziplock freezer bags.   They just need re-heating when I need them.  Meatballs are great because they are very versatile; you can turn them into different dishes by adding just a few ingredients.  I like to make meatball subs, Swedish meatballs, teriyaki meatballs, meatball soup, and of course spaghetti and meatballs.  My grandkids love them with mac n’ cheese!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pound ground beef – don’t use the one that’s too lean, you need a bit of fat to hold it together and also give it a good flavor.  I use ground sirloin or sometimes ground chuck which is a bit fattier.

1 egg

1 tbls. minced garlic

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tbls. Italian seasoning

1 tsp. fine sea salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

1 cup Italian style breadcrumbs

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese – use the fresh cheese not the one in the green cardboard shaker

Directions:

1.  Place meat and spices in a mixing bowl.

2.  Mix it all together using your hands.  Make sure the spices are distributed through out the meat, but don’t over mix as it will get spongy.

3.  Mix in cheese and bread crumbs.

4.  Shape into ball.  You can make any size ball you want, but don’t make them too big, they won’t cook in the middle.  Try to make balls the same size so they cook evenly.

5.  Place balls on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Homemade Meatballs

6.  Remove from from oven and cool before place in ziplock freezer bags to freeze.

Makes 3 dozen 2″ meatballs

Homemade Meatballs
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Servings Prep Time
2 Dozeen 10 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 Dozeen 10 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Homemade Meatballs
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
2 Dozeen 10 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 Dozeen 10 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Dozeen
Instructions
  1. Place meat and spices in a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix it all together using your hands. Make sure the spices are distributed through out the meat, but don't over mix as it will get spongy.
  3. Mix in cheese and bread crumbs.
  4. Shape into ball. You can make any size ball you want, but don't make them too big, they won't cook in the middle. Try to make balls the same size so they cook evenly.
  5. Place balls on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from from oven and cool before place in ziplock freezer bags to freeze.
  7. Makes 3 dozen 2" meatballs
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Roasted Red Pepper Deviled Eggs

Roasted Red Pepper Deviled Eggs

Roasted Red Pepper Deviled Eggs
One of our favorite family snacks or appetizers are deviled eggs.  They are so easy to make and everyone loves them.
Here is a new twist on the old deviled egg recipe that I introduced last year for my daughter-in-law’s baby shower.  It uses roasted red peppers to give the egg filling a little spice.  It has since become a family favorite and we’ve served it for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
Before you begin here’s a quick tutorial on how to make perfect hard boiled eggs from Recipe Lion.
Ingredients:
12 hard boiled eggs – shelled and cut in half lengthwise
1/2 cup mayonaise
2 large pieces of roasted red peppers (you’ll find these in a jar by the pickles or canned veggies aisle at your local supermarket)
1 tsp. salt (add or subtract according to taste
1 tbls. yellow mustard
Cayenne Red Pepper
Directions:
1.  Scoop out egg yolks into mixing bowl, and set egg whites aside.
2.  Mash egg yolks until they are very fine.
3.  Drain roasted red pepper and pat dry with paper towel.
4. Finely chop roasted red peppers and mix with mashed egg yolks.
5.  Add remaining ingredients to the egg yolk mixture.  Mix very well.
6.  Scoop or pipe egg yolk filling into egg white shells.
7.  Arrange on serving tray and sprinkle with Cayenne Red Pepper.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Makes 24 deviled eggs
Roasted Red Pepper Deviled Eggs
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Servings Prep Time
24 Eggs 30 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 Eggs 30 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Roasted Red Pepper Deviled Eggs
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
24 Eggs 30 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 Eggs 30 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Eggs
Instructions
  1. Scoop out egg yolks into mixing bowl, and set egg whites aside.
  2. Mash egg yolks until they are very fine.
  3. Drain roasted red pepper and pat dry with paper towel.
  4. Finely chop roasted red peppers and mix with mashed egg yolks.
  5. Add remaining ingredients to the egg yolk mixture. Mix very well.
  6. Scoop or pipe egg yolk filling into egg white shells.
  7. Arrange on serving tray and sprinkle with Cayenne Red Pepper.
  8. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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