Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs


It has been forever since I posted a recipe on here, but I'm sort of making peace with my for now inadequate digi software. Life must go on and all that.

This recipe for meatballs is another of the many recipes given to me by my mother-in-law, the Barefoot Contessa. It's super easy to make, and it makes plenty to freeze for future meals. I love that part.

All you need to make it is: ground beef, onion, garlic, parmesan cheese (the cheap stuff in the green can is fine), dried bread crumbs, eggs, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper.


The first step is to simply combine all the ingredients. I like to use food prep gloves because squishing raw meat together creeps me out.


Keeping the gloves on, the next step is to form the meatballs into 1-1/2 inch balls. I don't measure them or anything, but I make them into a size that seems good to me. When Peanut Head helps he makes them a little smaller so they go farther.

I will not make a joke about that. Actually, I just did but then I deleted it because it wasn't appropriate.


The Barefoot Contessa browns her meatballs in oil, but I'm lazy so I just pop mine in the oven on a cookie sheet for 30 minutes or so, and they turn out great.

In fact, I dare you to not sample them when they come out of the oven. The smell will make you whimper, I promise.

We always have spaghetti and meatballs the night we make these. Usually we spoil our dinner because we overindulge when sampling the meatballs.

There's always plenty to freeze several baggies full of meatballs for future spaghetti nights in a flash. They make good meatball subs too.


Here's the recipe card. Remember to click on it before saving it to your computer so you get the best resolution. Trust me.

13 comments:

  1. Those look amazing! I will have to try that next time I make meatballs. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. That's how I make mine so I know that they are good:-)

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  3. I love meatballs and do mine the very same way!

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  4. these look delish.. I have made a great meatball soup, with orzo, carrots, celery and meatballs. At our house we sometimes make a teriyaki meatball with yoshida sauce and pineapple mixed in. I LOVE your recipe cards! and ha! to the barefoot contessa because I didn't even know i you could brown them in olive oil, I am always just popping them in the oven. I'm a shortcut junkie I guess.

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  5. Thats so awesome! I've been looking for a new meatball receipe. Thanks girlie

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  6. They look yummy, I will have to give them a try! :)

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  7. I take string cheese and cut it up into little coins. After you make the meat balls, push a piece of cheese inside and re-roll them into a ball. Bake and freeze. When you cut into them the cheese oozes out. YUMMY!!

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  8. I love you recipe cards - how do you make them? Do you design your own or do you have a program that does that for you? (a tutorial on how to make them and post them would be awesome btw!) I have recently started reading your blog regularly and I am am really enjoying it. You have so many cute ideas!

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  9. for real your Mother In Law is the Barefoot Contessa??? or do you just call her that, like you call your hubby Peanut Head. (cause I KNOW he didnt make it through the Marines with a name like that)

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  10. sounds delicious! at what temp? I haven't made meatballs in forever!

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  11. These look so yummy! I will be making these this weekend. It's also great that you can freeze them. It will make those weeknight dinners a lot easier! I also wanted to thank you for visiting my blog and deciding to follow. :-)

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  12. What kind of recipe doesn't give you measurements?

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