There are different ways to make delicious meatballs but this is by far my favorite, and for several reasons:
– Obviously, they taste great 🙂
– The ingredients are few but nutritious
– They go great with spaghetti and mashed potatoes, but drizzle them with soy sauce and you have savory dumplings bites (you know, the inside yummy part of the dumplings)
– They are SUPER EASY TO MAKE!
So please, don’t think that you cannot cook and should rather get them Swedish frozen because you can totally do this! But first, the grocery list for ingredients needed:
- 1/2 kilo (1 Lb) of ground meat – beef or beef/pork mix
- A piece of bread – like 4 pieces of regular sliced bread – does not have to be exact
- 1 egg
- 1 small onion
- 1 garlic clove
- Salt and pepper
Work the meat a little bit. Soak the bread in water to completely wet it, then squeeze the water out. Mix the unsightly bread mush into the meat. Work it until it blends together. You can see little pieces of bread here and there, no problem. Add one whole egg and work it in. Add the finely chopped onion and garlic. Mix. Add salt and freshly ground pepper:
Make little balls and cook on medium heat for a few minutes until they are nice golden brown.
Now, you can eat them as is – they taste great in a sandwich with mayo and your condiments of choice. You can try them with soy sauce if you are in the mood for Asian deliciousness or you can venture a bit farther and add tomato in the game.
If you decide to make it a full blown sauce adding tomatoes then behold:
– Get about a pound of tomatoes – or less, or more, depending on your wish and the state of affairs in your pantry – peel them, chop them and release them into the pan where you cooked the meatballs. Let them cook for a few minutes until they disintegrate and release the juice, then add the meatballs and gently mix together so they get soaked in the tomato sauce. Add salt to taste, a bit of basil or oregano, drizzle with parmigiano cheese (or grind any yellow cheese you have at hand – cheddar, gouda, edamer – they will all work fine) and you have a nice Italian style sauce for your pasta!
The thing is, if you shape this meat into a patty, you can make nice, healthy burgers that you can enjoy guilt free. Why serve your kids (or yourself) some fast food hamburgers of questionable quality when they can eat your burgers that are not only fast food but also quality controlled by you. Add your homemade fries and a little trinket to the side and there is a full fledged happy meal for your precious younglings!
Bon Appétit, space peeps!