Monday, May 23, 2016

tried a meatball recipe

My sons like spaghetti sauce with meat, but not so much the spaghetti noodles. They would rather just eat it spooned on garlic bread.

Instead of just serving a big bowl of spaghetti sauce with meat, I decided to try out a meatball recipe.

I found this one on   It's named Meatball Nirvana.
Instead of me copying the whole recipe, you can click here to see it.

It had a lot of good reviews and I followed it pretty closely...except for tripling it and using ground pork for one pound of the meat.   Also I didn't have an Italian seasoning added extra oregano and some basil.

I wanted the onion chopped really big chunks in the meatballs.

About the only way to mix it is by hand...then roll into balls and bake. 
Baking is one reason I chose this recipe...other versions called for frying the meatballs, and some had you dropping the raw meatballs into the sauce and simmering for a couple of hours.  

After the meatballs were done, I put them in a casserole dish and poured a big jar of Prego spaghetti sauce over them, and put them back in a 300 degree oven for about 45 minutes.

They were pretty good. I think they could use more spicing up...and less bread crumbs.
It's tricky with meatballs - you can't tell if they need more salt, etc. until the whole batch is done.
Or, I wish I had thought of this...I could have cooked a small portion in the microwave to check the taste before I rolled them out.  Next time I'll do that.

We had this for Sunday dinner, along with garlic bread, creamed corn, green beans, and a tossed green salad with blueberries, mandarin oranges and walnuts.

We were celebrating the Sasquatch's birthday so we had birthday cake for dessert.  

With two choices of ice cream!  The Sasquatch's favorite is vanilla, but I thought Blackberry Swirl might be good with a vanilla cake.

Yep, it was good!

 Happy Birthday to Sasquatch!


  1. Now there is a good looking Sunday Birthday Dinner....And finally we get to see a picture of Miss Darla. I tried to take your picture at one of the quilting days and I couldn't remember what to do with my phone and taking pics. Came home, asked Tommy and now if I can just remember next time....So look out !!! Although this is a really good picture of you and Lonnie. HUGS Diane K

  2. Like your idea to use pork instead of some of the EXTRA LEAN beef in the cited recipe, will be trying that. I like to add a finely diced green pepper, ditch the milk, egg, & bread crumbs. Use a little portioner, roll each portion into a ball, roll in flour, arrange neatly in a glass baking dish, cover with whatever sauce I bought, bake 350, maube 45 minutes... Velda used to put apple sauce in hers...