Saturday, March 24, 2012

It's raining meatballs...

After a week of blue sky's and warm temperatures, we got a day that feels more like Spring.  I woke up to rain pounding the window and actually didn't feel to disappointed.  I find when it's nice outside, my house turns upside down.  Frankly, it's dirty from all the foot traffic inside to outside and my lack of wanting to be inside to clean it up.  I've come to a point where it's doesn't bother me like it used to.  I'd rather be outside enjoying the fresh air and my family.  Rainy days is natures way of forcing me to stay inside for one day without feeling guilty.  The girls have gone with my husband and I like most mothers can't wait to clean with no interruptions. How is it that a day of cleaning without the girls is just as relaxing to me as sitting on the porch reading magazines?

The 'pin' I cooked on another rainy day would be perfect for when you're forced to stay inside.  Who can beat great Italian meatballs?  It was such an easy meal to make and you can either eat or freeze them.  The meatballs would go well with spaghetti or a meatball sandwich on a soft hoagie roll.  Either way you pair them, they really were a great rainy day meal. You could even read the kids it's raining meatballs during dinner!

Pinterest Inspiration:

My Results:

1 Sweet Onion, diced (I omitted this as we're not a fan of onions but feel free to mix in)
5 cloves of Garlic, minced
2 pounds Sweet Italian Sausage
2 Eggs
½ cup Milk
1/2 cup Bread Crumbs 
Red Pepper Flakes
Black Pepper
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Seasoning Salt
Baking Sheet

1. Dice your onion and garlic and add to the Italian sausage (I omitted onion).

2. Add the eggs, breadcrumbs and seasonings.
NOTE: The original 'pin' didn't specify the amount of seasonings. Generally 1-2 tsp of each will work for this recipe.  Feel free to play around with amount of seasonings based on what your prefer (mild vs spicy).

3. Mix well with a wooden spoon or your clean hands.  I prefer using my hands so all the flavors are mashed together.  If you feel the meat needs more binding, add more breadcrumbs.

4. Shape the meatballs based on preference and place on a baking sheet. For a party, I'd make them bite-sized but for sandwiches or spaghetti, I'd make them larger.

5. Bake at 400 degrees until the tops begin to turn brown.

6. Transfer meatballs from oven directly into your pot of sauce and continue to simmer.  If you aren't sure if they are done or not, the best advice is to cut one in half prior to putting it into the sauce.

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