Thursday, July 18, 2013

Kid Snacks - Meatballs

Homemade meatballs and marinara sauce
I know my daughter loves meatballs and marinara sauce.  So I thought I would make up a bunch of both then freeze them for future use.

The meatball recipe is:

2 lbs ground meat (I used 1 lb ground beef and 1 lb ground turkey)
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
2 Tbls olive oil
2 eggs, beaten
2 Tbls milk
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Into a heated skillet add the olive oil, bell pepper, onion and mushrooms.  Sautee until soft.

Put sautéed vegetables into a food processor with the milk and process until soupy.

Combine all the remaining ingredients along with the pureed vegetables into a large mixing bowl.  Mix well by hand or with a stand mixer. 

Next line a cookie sheet or rimmed half-sheet pan with parchment paper.  You actually can skip the parchment paper.  But I have found using the paper keeps the meatballs from sticking to the pan.

Using a food portioner like the one pictured below, scoop out the meatballs onto the baking pan or cookie sheet.

I could get 20 meatballs on my half-sheet pan.  After the meatballs were scooped out, I went back and hand rolled each scoop into a ball.


The meatballs when into the 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.  This recipe will give you about 50 meatballs, depending of course on the size you choose to make them.

I put all the cooked meatballs onto one half-sheet pan which was lined with wax paper and put the pan into the freezer.  Once the meatballs are frozen, they will go into a ziptop bag for future snacks.

When needed, place a few meatballs into a small sauce pan along with some of the marinara sauce.  Gently heat until warm.  These are much healthier if you don't microwave them warm, just saying.

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3 comments:

  1. Our grandchildren always ask me to make meatballs. These look terrific I love that you made them in the oven! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

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  2. I am always looking for new kids' snacks...and these meatballs look great for adults too! ;) This would be perfect to link up to my Create It Thursday post…it's live now!

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