14 November, 2016
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
A recipe for success on a cold rainy day in Oregon: meatballs! And who knew there was a movie by the name of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. The movie is about a scientist who is thought of as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky, meatballs that is! While I won’t be making food rain from the sky, I can cook up a good batch of meatballs for a spaghetti dinner, or meatball sandwich.
First, let’s discuss the size of the meatball. Yes, size matters! In Southern Italy where my family is from, they tend to make their meatballs very small. Almost the size of the small meatballs that you find in Italian Wedding Soup. To me, they seem disproportionately small.
My meatballs are about the size of a golfball. Since our house is backed up to a golf course, I think that is appropriate. And this is the size most people think of as the average meatball size. Restaurants take the size of the meatballs up a notch and some make them as large as a softball. Too big for my preference.
I have several meatball recipes that I like. My grandmother’s recipe is one of them and used milk and bread as ingredients. I always thought it was odd that you soak bread in milk and then squeeze out the milk and put this mushy bread into the meatball mixture. They are always good though.
Today’s recipe is simple, quick and easy, and makes about 30 meatballs. It’s very basic, but good. And sauce matters too. Here is an easy pasta sauce made in a crockpot. Once you’ve made these meatballs, you’ll have enough for months, unless you are planning a big spaghetti dinner and then you have enough for about 15 of your closest friends and family. That’s almost like making meatballs rain from the sky, right?
- • 1 lb ground beef
- • 1 lb ground pork
- • 4 garlic cloves grated
- • 3 eggs
- • ½ cup bread crumbs
- • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- • ½ cup fresh parsley chopped
- • 1 teaspoon of salt
- • ¾ teaspoon of pepper
- Place all ingredients into a big bowl.
- Mix it evenly, with your hands or with a wooden spoon.
- Once mixed, roll into golf ball sized meatballs.
- Prepare a baking pan with olive oil or cooking spray and lay out the meatballs with a little space between each.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cook for 15-20 minutes.
- Finish cooking in sauce for another 15-20 minutes.
- Meatballs are essentially done after cooking in the oven, however, they do develop more flavor after simmering in the pasta sauce.