That there was my Italian accent that I learned from Lady and the Tramp. I always think of that movie when ever I make meatballs. No other movie known to man made meatballs look more delicious than Lady and the Tramp. While I loved the concept of meatballs I grew up hating meatballs as a child. The kind my mom made were always burnt and dry with too many bread crumbs and basically flavorless. It wasn't till I had my own family that I realize that meatballs can be extraordinary comfort food. The past few days the temperature has been down in the 40's and rainy. My husband brought home meat declaring he would like meatballs.
Now my husband's mom is Italian so I have some stiff competition when it comes to meatballs. Sunday gravy is sacred amongst Italians-Americans. I love my husband. He's not what you would call a good cook but there is certain things he just makes good. Grilled cheese, boxed macaroni and cheese with bacon, pancakes, and marinara. Since my husband made the sauce the day before I made the meatballs. It's the least I could do. My meatballs are legendary at my husband's work. One day I sent a huge thing of them to work. It's still talked about lol.
No two meatball recipes are exactly alike. Sometimes even i change up my recipe. Since we are just in the beginning of spring without fresh herb and a few days before we go shopping it means that our pantry is darn near bone dry. Meatballs are just one of those inexpensive meals that can be packed full of flavor with even the most minimal ingredients as long as you make sure you serve them with heaping portions of love!
Meatballs by Momma Cupcake
- 2.5 lbs of 80/20 ground beef
- 1lb of ground Italian sausage
- 4 slices of well done toast, pulverized
- 1/4 cup garlic powder
- 2 tbs of ground black pepper
- 1 tbs of onion powder
- 4 tbs of dried oregano
- 2 tbs of dried basil
- 4 large eggs
- olive oil for pan frying
- In large bowl mix together beef, sausage, and seasonings until evenly incorporated.
- Add bread crumbs and eggs using your hands to mix until sticky but smooth mixture.
- Roll meat mixture into 1 inch balls.
- Heat 1/2 inch of olive oil in a skillet until about 350 degrees.
- Pan fry the meatballs until well done with a nice caramelized crust has formed. (Do not put lid on skillet..the makes meatballs fall apart.)