Friday, October 5, 2007

Oven Meatballs

I love meatballs but hate cooking them on the stove. After I cooked them in the oven one time-I vowed never to make them on the stove again. They are so easy and while they are cooking you can finish the rest of your dinner!

1 lb. lean ground beef or chicken
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup diced onion
2 eggs
1 t garlic powder
1 t dried oregano
1 t dried basil
1 t pepper

Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix with hands till well combined. Form meatballs and place on large cookie sheet (with sides) sprayed with cooking spray. If you don't have a cookie sheet with sides, use a 9 x 13 pan. Be sure the meatballs are the same size (I use my cookie dough scoop) and are not touching each other. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes. Take out of the oven and drop into a pot of your favorite spaghetti sauce. Heat and serve.

TIP OF THE DAY: Make a double batch of these meatballs and freeze half of them. Just place cooled meatballs on a cookie sheet, pop them in the freezer for a bit, then take them out and place them in a freezer bag to pull out for a speedy spaghetti or Swedish meatball dinner.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25-30 minutes

Tomorrow's Daily Special: Snicker Cookies