Hi friends! It’s been cold here in Mississippi this week! It’s been hard to get out from under the blankets in the morning too. Today I saw in the Kroger ad that they were selling ground turkey buy one get one free. If you saw last week’s blog post, Kroger Haul Nov. 2018, you’d see that I snagged three packs of Johnsonville ground sausage and put a couple away in the freezer. I used one of the packs for Tortellini Soup because it was flavored. That blog will be up this weekend. I still had two packs of Mild Italian Sausage in the freezer though and Jason knew exactly what I was going to use them for and he was excited. I made meatballs!
Over the course of our marriage, I have attempted to make meatballs many times. I also failed many times. Some tries the seasoning was too strong, or nonexistent. Other times I couldn’t nail the consistency. Finally about 2 years ago I got the best meatballs and I wrote it all down to share. It’s really easy and I usually double the recipe and freeze half for Meatball Subs or to go with a quick pasta and sauce, which is what I did for dinner tonight.
First thing was to get the sausage thawed in the microwave, but just barely, you definitely don’t want the microwave to start cooking the meat at all.
While that was working, I started measuring and adding all the dry ingredients in a big bowl. I also got the oven preheating to 400*.
Then I add in the eggs and mix it all well with a spoon. Then I get my meats added in and give it all a really good smooshing with my hands. Now all that’s left is to roll them out.
Then I bake them for 15-20 minutes! So easy! Tonight I wanted to play a board game with the kids before bed and didn’t want to be in the kitchen all night so I just did the least possible and used a couple of cans of pasta sauce over so Barilla Rotini.
So fast. I wasn’t really thrilled with the flavor of the sauce, but the meatballs helped greatly. Next time I’ll go back to making my own or at least jazzing the sauce from the can with some extra flavors.
I had 46 meatballs left over after dinner and Jason’s lunch for tomorrow. I labeled a gallon zipper bag and threw them all in together. Later this month, I’ll buy some steak rolls or hoagie rolls and make Meatball Subs with them. That’s also a quick, delicious meal that’s great for those busy weeknights. The meatballs reheat pretty quickly in a deep skillet with some marinara. I’ll make a post when we have them if y’all would like.
So that’s it! So much better than the frozen meatballs. I’m pretty picky about my meatballs and this works perfectly for us. Doubling the recipe is easy peasy too and gives you a quick meal later on for minimal work. You already have everything out and dirty hands so why not?
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Super Easy Meatballs
Italian style meatballs with ground turkey and pork that are easy to make and easy to use.
1 pound mild Italian sausage
1 pound ground turkey
1/4 cup minced onion (or 1/2 cup fresh grated)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese (I use the dry cheaper version)
1/4 cup roasted garlic bread crumbs
1/4 cup Italian style bread crumbs
2 Tbs. dried parsley
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
- Mix parsley, garlic, both kinds of bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Then add in the eggs and mix well.
- Add in turkey and sausage and mix well with hands.
- Roll into balls and place onto baking sheet. I try to keep them all about the size of a ping-pong ball so they cook evenly.
- Bake at 400* for 15-20 minutes. Cut one in half to make sure they are cooked all the way through.
- Serve with pasta and sauce, in a roll with melted cheese and marinara or however you choose! They’re very versatile!