I had been trying to find the right recipe for meatballs. I recently came up with our ultimate favorite.
People use either breadcrumbs or oatmeal in their meatballs. I have used both lately. as well as beef and Italian sausage. The result has been these delicious moist and tasty meatballs that our middle child loves. She has severe food allergies, it is hard to find something she may and want to eat. She
always asks for spaghetti and meatballs.
1.5 lb lean ground beef
1 lb Italian sausage (we like hot)
1/2 c breadcrumbs
1/2 c old fashioned oats
3/4 c water
1/2 c Parmesan
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbsp oregano or Italian seasoning herbs
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 to 1 cup beef broth
Mix everything and make meatballs no larger than 2 inches, heat 12 in. skillet with no more than 2 tbsp olive oil. Add meatballs and pan fry on medium heat until brown an all sides; then pour the beef broth (eyeball it), lower the heat to medium low, cover, and let cook for a good 10 to 15 minutes. You may turn the meatballs now and then, but it is good to let the steam make them juicier. You may nestle them in the tomato sauce if you are having spaghetti and meatballs, or do as we do and place your cooked noodles in the bowl, then the meatballs then pour tomato sauce over your pasta. Sprinkle with fresh grated Romano, pecorino or Parmesan and enjoy!
P.S. We sometimes use left over meatballs and half-homemade tomato sauce for sandwiches on crunchy french bread with melted mozzarella or provolone. I will post the tomato sauce recipe some other time.