Sunday, June 15, 2008

Oven Baked Meatballs

2 slices white sandwich bread, torn into small cubes
4 tablespoons milk
1 pound meat loaf mix
(equal portions of ground beef, pork and ground turkey)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon basil
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan Cheese to serve on the side


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a large roasting pan or a baking sheet with sides. Place the bread and milk into a small bowl, mix together and set aside.

2. Place the meatloaf mix into a large bowl and add the egg, Parmesan cheese, parsley, and basil. Mix together--it is best to use your hands to ensure everything is evenly distributed.

3. Squeeze any excess milk from the bread and crumble it into tiny pieces. Add the bread to the meat mixture and mix again.

4. Take 1/4 cup of the meat into your hands and roll into a ball about 2 inches in diameter. You should have 12 meatballs total. Place the meatballs on the greased pan--do not crowd. Bake for 15 minutes, and then turn. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, turn again and continue to bake until meatballs are browned and cooked through. Let cool slightly and then sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.


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