Baked Italian Meatballs

I blogged my meatball recipe a couple of years ago, but I have changed a few things and I wanted to share my updated recipe with you. We're always trying to make things healthier, which is what I've tried to do with these, so now I bake them instead of fry them. Also, I found something new to add to them that makes them even more delicious.

Lady by the Bay - Baked Italian Meatballs Recipe

The other night I wanted to make meatballs but I was missing one key ingredient: bread. I mean I had no type of bread at all, not even breadcrumbs. After searching through my pantry hoping I would find breadcrumbs somewhere, I came up empty-handed. I did, however, have a bag of croutons. That's made of bread!! They say everything happens for a reason and I truly believe that's the case here, as using garlic flavored croutons in the meatballs sent them over the edge! I'll always make them this way from now on. It's funny how things work out. 

Ingredients for Meatballs:

1 lb. ground beef (90/10)

1 lb. ground pork

2 eggs

3/4 cup garlic flavored croutons

1/4 cup milk

3 tbsp. finely minced onion

1 clove garlic, finely minced

2 tbsp. fresh parsley, finely minced

1/2 cup fresh grated or shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper

Olive oil

Ingredients for Sauce:

4 Tbsp. olive oil

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1/4 cup red wine

1 28 oz. can crushed San Marzano tomatoes

8-10 fresh basil leaves, chopped

Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper

Directions:

Place croutons in a food processor and pulse a few times to make crumbs, or place in a large plastic bag and pound a few times with a mallet, rolling pin, back of pan, or other blunt object, to make crumbs.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray with cooking spray.

Turn oven on low broil setting.

Add all meatball ingredients, except olive oil, to a large bowl. Mix well to combine all ingredients.

Lady by the Bay - Baked Italian Meatballs Recipe

Using a small scoop, scoop meat out and shape into balls. Using a scoop keeps them all the same size so they cook evenly. 

Lady by the Bay - Baked Italian Meatballs Recipe

Place meatballs on lined baking sheet, leaving a little space between them. Drizzle the tops of all the meatballs with a little olive oil.

Place in preheated oven and cook on low broil for 15 minutes. No need to turn them. After 15 minutes turn the broiler on high and continue cooking for about 5 minutes, or until they become dark and slightly crispy on the outside.

Lady by the Bay - Baked Italian Meatballs Recipe

To make the sauce, heat olive oil and garlic on medium heat in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Just when the garlic starts to sizzle, add the crushed tomatoes, wine, basil, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Add meatballs and let simmer for about 25 minutes.

Lady by the Bay - Baked Italian Meatballs Recipe

And with all the leftover meatballs you can make

meatball subs

the next day. :) 

Until next time...

Lady by the Bay

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