This meatball recipe can be made with beef, turkey, or a combination of both. Meatballs can be baked or fried depending on your preference. They can be eaten with a variety of sauces, be served on top of pasta, in sandwiches, right from a crockpot as an appetize,r or even in soup or salad. The versatile meatball is what we love!
It is a kid-friendly dish to make with your children, The kids often enjoy mixing with their hands and rolling the meat into little balls.
- 1 Pound of Beef or Turkey or a Mix of Both
- 1/4 Cup of Italian Bread Crumbs
- 1/2 Cup of Grated Cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano is what I use)
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
- 2 Tablespoons of Parsley
- 1/4 of an Onion Minced
- 1/8 of a Teaspoon of Salt
- 1/8 of a Teaspoon of Black Pepper
- Oil for Frying
- Mix all ingredients together except the oil
Tip: for more tender meatballs the less you mix and roll the better they will be. Obviously, if you are making these with children this will be unavoidable.
- Form the meatballs as close to the same size as you can, this will help in timing the cooking and also look best in your dish.
- If you are frying heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the meatballs so that they touch, but are not crowded.
- Turn with a spoon to brown evenly. If you are cooking the meatballs further such as in a sauce you only have to cook until lightly browned and so they do not fall apart when you touch them.
- If you plan to eat them right away or not planning to cook further make sure you have cooked completely by cutting one open.
If Using the Baking Method
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat
- Place the meatballs with some room to brown
- Cook for 15 to 20 minutes or just until your meatballs are cooked all the way through. This will vary based on size.