Bite Sized Meatballs, Yum

October 01, 2012

For some, meatballs are an easy food, but sometimes I need a reminder on how easy and tasteful they can be to make. I also feel they are a great lunch box food for the little ones, of course mash them up a bit if your school does home-style for lunch(meaning other little mouths will be eating your child’s lunch as well.) This recipe can be substituted with ground turkey.

Bite Size Baked Meatballs

makes 30-40 mini meatballs

1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef

1 egg

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/3 cup romano cheese

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

3 cups of your favorite pasta sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large bowl, add ground beef, egg, oil, cheese, breadcrumbs, garlic, salt, pepper, basil and parsley. Mix to combine, gently tossing a few times with your hands. Don’t overmix – it will result in tough meatballs! Spray a large baking dish with non-stick spray and add 2 cups of pasta sauce. Roll beef into mini meatballs (about a tablespoon of beef) and set in sauce. Once all meatballs have been added, sprinkle additional cheese and breadcrumbs over top. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Serve with additional sauce if desired.

Photo & recipe via How Sweet It Is