So I bribed my twin bro to help me haul my hated dishwasher out of my house by making him meatballs. Lucky for me, my meatball recipe is pretty easy.
After I offered the meatball bribe to my bro, he said, “You know you could have just used the whole me being your twin brother card, and I would have just done it for nothing in return.” But then when he found out he also had to help me get my back seat out of my minivan, he asked for extra meatballs, so I dunno about the whole twin brother theory he was offering! But I did also make him sugared strawberries to sweeten the deal of also having his girlfriend watch my kids eat their dinner while we hoisted that darn thing outta my house and into the beloved grocery van.
But anyway, the point here is, the meatballs turned out awesome, and you guys know very well that if I can do it, anyone can. I’ve talked about my lack of patience and attention to details in cooking before.
I decided to also make a gravy out of the meatball grease to use as a sauce for rotini and peas. So here’s what I did…by the way I don’t have step by step pictures because there was already a screaming baby girl clawing at the baby gate and screaming for food as I rolled the meatballs, and my toddler continuously trying to knock her over so he could scream at me about his desire for meatballs. Lesson learned: don’t announce to your kids that you’re making meatballs until they are ready to eat on the table. Anyway…
Meatball recipe – keep in mind I made double the portion so I could keep half of the rolled meatballs in the freezer to just heat up in the over for future use.
- Three pounds of ground beef (For a leaner option, used ground turkey)
- One medium-sized Spanish onion
- One garlic clove
- One tablespoon of sea salt
- One teaspoon of black pepper
- One fourth of a cup of Parmesan cheese (If there are no dairy allergies)
- Three large eggs
- Two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- One table spoon of butter spread (You can skip this for less fat)
- Place ground beef in a large bowl.
- Dice Spanish onion into small cubes, and mince the garlic. Mix together on cutting board, and then pour on top of ground beef.
- Mix together by hand.
- Sprinkle on the rest of the ingredients with one hand while you knead the meat with the other hand.
- Crack eggs in separate small bowl and mix together with a fork.
- Pour eggs onto beef mixture and mix well with both hands.
- Roll meat into one-inch diameter sized balls. The smaller you make the meatballs, the faster they’ll cook. The larger you make them, the harder it will be to cook at an even temperature on the inside and out.
- Heat oil on deep frying pan. Once oil is heated, melt butter on top of it.
- Arrange meatballs in single layers. Cook until bottom has browned, and then flip.
- Take meatballs out of pan once the outside has browned, and put onto cookie sheet to finish cooking in the oven for about 10-15 minutes.
To make gravy:
- Keep the pan that you used to cook the meatballs heated on the stove once you take the meatballs out.
- Add a half cup of water onto the pan that still has the meatball remnants and grease and use a spatula to scrape and mix together the water with the grease until the bottom of the pan is smooth, and you have a watery meaty mixture.
- Add one eighth cup of flour (Gluten free if necessary) onto the water/grease mixture. Mix until you have a gravy consistency.
Then, all I did was make a box of rotini by following the directions on the rotini box. Then I also made a cup of frozen peas by following the direction on the peas’ bag. Once both were cooked, I poured them in the pan with the gravy mixture until it was mixed well. And for the finishing touch, I put the prepared meatballs on top.
And that, my friends, is how I bribed my brother with meatballs. And they were pretty darn good!