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'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.

(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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Unknown 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 Loves Bread said...

Nope...won't judge...I'm a closet Chef BoyArDee ravioli addict. Love mini's, especially in'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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