Sunday, November 21, 2010
*Meatballs and... blog post 100!!
I am Italian.. well, really I am a bunch of things, but growing up it was my grandfathers side (the Italian side) that bore the most... cultural influence… I can remember being little and going to my nunnies (my grandfather’s mother)… I remember catching butterflies, being afraid to go in the train tunnel, and my mom braiding nunnies hair. We would go there for Sunday dinners.. but to be honest, I don’t remember the dinner all that well, Keep in mind I was only about 8 years old.
My mom makes the best meatballs!! (I am sure you have heard that sentence numerous times by now, regarding numerous meals.. but it’s true.. my mom is a darn good cook!!). I have always wondered where my mom learned to make meatballs… did nunnie teach her? I asked mom to come over and help me make meatballs. Yes, that's right, I am Italian and have never made a meatball. Turns out momma wasn't quite sure where she learned to make meatballs. She said that Nunnie put milk in her meatballs, which is why she does too (her mom doesn't put milk in meatballs). So.. without further ado..Momma's Meatballs
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2 small onions, chopped very fine
1 tsp of garlic, minced
1 lb hamburg
1 cup bread crumbs (Italian seasoning)
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp Italian seasoning
dash of salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix everything together and form your meatballs. Place them in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove the meatballs and rotate them, place them back in the oven. Now, depending on the size of the meatballs depends on how much longer they need to be in the oven. In this batch I made 2 sizes of meatballs, small meatballs (for Italian wedding soup) only need to be placed in the oven for 5 additional minutes, and large meatballs (for pasta and meatball parm)-which need in the oven for 10 extra minutes.
I have put my meatballs in the freezer. I placed my dish of fresh meatballs on a platter and put that in the freezer until they firmed up, then placed them in a zip lock bag and in the freezer.. this way when you want meatballs you can grab how ever many you want from the bag!!
You can always take the meatballs right out of the oven and add it to your favorite pasta sauce!! The meatballs can be used for anything.. Wedding soup, with pasta, as a sandwich, or for appetizers... it's all up to you!!