Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Manic Meatballs Batman!
Today we sent off our middle guy for his time at summer camp. So I thought I would post in honor of him. It's nothing spectacular or amazing, but I miss my #2.
My middle son LOVES meatballs.
I love the fact that they are simple, versatile, and a wonderful vessel for sneaking fiber into their diet. My friend's mother-in-law published this recipe in a local cookbook and I have used it for years. I have barbecued these little guys, drenched them in marinara sauce, baked them Swedish style, drowned them in cranberries, and on occasion I have thrown in a jar of grape jelly. That's a lot of meatballs!
I have a simple recipe that I adapt with different sauces. You can use your favorite store version or make your own.
Here's what you will need:
1 1/2 pounds of hamburger
2 cups of oatmeal
1 sliced and diced onion
milk, about 1/4 cup
Mix all the ingredients except the milk. When I make Italian meatballs I like to add garlic and basil to the meat mixture. When the ingredients are combined, slowly add the milk to wet the oatmeal. When the mixture forms easily and holds it's shape, you can stop.
Scoop the meat into tablespoons and roll into small balls. I use a small scoop. I place them in rows inside a lightly greased 9x13 pan. After all my balls are rolled, I add a large glass of water in the bottom of the pan, cover them, and throw them in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour.
I add the sauce for the last fifteen minutes and let it cook uncovered.
I hope this puts a smile on my son's face!