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Basic Meatballs

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I feel like a lot of the recipes I’ve blogged have had simple names.

Oh well.

Anyway, it’s about time for some savory! I was getting a bit tired of the nonstop sweets! Wow. I never thought I’d say that…

These meatballs were okay. They were a bit plain…but other than that they were decent. They made a nice addition to an otherwise plain meal of spaghetti and -gasp- jar sauce. Yeah, yeah. Sacrilege and all that. But I’m a bit lazy, and I think it tastes pretty good 🙂 Plus…I don’t think I’m ready yet for the esteemed meat sauce.

This recipe only has four steps. Seriously. And one of those steps is preheating the oven. All you need to do is combine them, mix ’em, and form spheres. Super easy!

I still have yet to get breadcrumbs, so I used dried oats. I highly suggest using breadcrumbs – those will add that much-needed spice and will probably transform this recipe 🙂

Recipe from Food Network.

Rating – 7/10

Difficulty Level – Easy

Total Time – 30 min (Prep Time=15 min, Cook Time=15 min)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pounds ground sirloin
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 425˚F

2) Mix beef and Worcestershire, egg, bread crumbs, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.

3) Roll meat into 1 1/2 inch medium-sized meatballs and place on nonstick cookie sheet or a cookie sheet greased with extra-virgin olive oil.

4) Bake balls 12 to 15 minutes, until no longer pink.

Meatloaf Shmeatloaf

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I almost didn’t post this, considering my complete mess ups and the meatloaf’s completely unphotogenic qualities unique appearance. So I threw an overlay on top. Yay for rainbow-bubbled meatloaf! Not.

Well.

I suppose I had mentally prepared myself for this moment.

I mean, in my journey towards kitchen proficiency..this was bound to happen.

Yes, dear readers – it finally happened.

I completely bungled up a recipe. Sigh.

But it turned out alright, considering that I completely forgot the egg and tomatoes. I mean – those are major ingredients! How did I forget them? Arghh. And I wondered why the meatloaf was so crumbly!

I suppose I can only speculate what it should have tasted like – probably fantastic. The sauce was alright – a little sweet though. The meat was decent, and the bits of vegetables were a pleasant addition. The recipe is from Food Network. Try making it – the correct way with egg + the canned tomatoes!

The recipe makes around 4-5 servings

Rating: 5/10

Difficulty Level: Easy

Total Time: 1 hr 10 min (Prep Time=10 min, Cook Time=1 hr)

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1  teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 8 ounces canned diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats

Topping:

  • 1/3 cup ketchup (I used a bit more than that)
  • 1 1/3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 375˚ F. Prepare all ingredients.

2) Mix until combined (don’t over mix – this results in a tough meatloaf)

3) Put ingredients in a baking dish and shape into a loaf

4) Prepare the sauce and put it on the loaf

5) Bake for 1 hour, or until internal temperature of meat is 160˚F