Thursday, May 20, 2010

For the love of all things mini...

I thought since I gave you a really good pasta cream sauce yesterday, I'd stick with the pasta theme but go a different direction. Have I ever told you that spaghetti is one of my all time favorite things to eat? There's something I just love about the stuff. It's such a comfort food for me. And here's something even more insightful, or maybe a little embarrassing...I love Spaghetti O's. Please don't judge. I know it's one of those disgusting kid meals, but I loved them when I was a kid and every now and then, more specifically when I'm sick, I secretly indulge. They just make me feel better. Again...please don't judge.

But when I'm not sick, and in my right mind, I love to make real meat balls with my spaghetti. So A few weeks ago when I put spaghetti and meatballs on my menu plan, I had an idea. Lately I've been obsessed with all things miniature. Have you tried the new mini pasta's that are in all the grocery stores? I love them. They are so easy for little r to eat. I think the mini pasta's and my love of Spaghetti O's are what sparked this idea... How about mini meatballs??

I just took my tried and true meatball recipe and shrunk down the balls. They were so good! Maybe it's because they were so fun to eat...he he...what can I say...it's the little kid in me!

I do have a good recipe for a homemade marinara sauce, I'll have to post it in the near future. But in all honesty I simply use Prego 90% of the time. Prego Meat, or original are my favorites.


MINI ITALIAN MEATBALLS
(Mindi Original)

1 lb of lean ground beef
4-6 small button mushroom; finely minced*
½ small white or yellow onion; grated or finely minced*
2-4 cloves garlic; grated or finely minced*
½ C. Panko bread crumbs
½ C. Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tsp. basil
1 tsp. rosemary
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 egg
Splash of hot sauce

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. Using your hands, mix until all ingredients are well combined.
2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet or large pan with Pam cooking spray.
3. Roll the mixture into ½ inch “mini” balls. Place on the baking sheet about ½ - 1 inch apart.
4. Spray the top of the meatballs with cooking spray and bake for 20-25 minutes or until done.
5. Makes about 75 meatballs.

*If you have a food processor, you can put the mushrooms, onion and garlic in whole then pulse until finely minced.

**This recipe makes a lot of meatballs. With my small family, I only cooked about 1/3 of them. I placed the remaining meatballs on a baking sheet and separated by ½ inch. Then I put it in the freezer for a couple hours. I then placed them in a Ziploc freezer bag, for future dinners. When I’m ready to eat them, I'll simply take out the number I need, place on a baking sheet and cook at 350 for about 30-35 minutes or until cooked through.

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2 comments:

Deborah said...

I've never liked spaghetti o's. I have always referred to them as "crap in a can". My kids however, did enjoy them. The mini meatballs look yummy!

Frieda said...

Nope...won't judge...I'm a closet Chef BoyArDee ravioli addict. Love mini's, especially in meatballs...you're practically guaranteed one in every bite! I freeze my meatballs...they warm up great in the microwave and are good for a quick meatball sub~

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