Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Basic Meatballs

This isn't exactly quick, but it is pretty easy and it makes enough for us to have for 3 meals. And they are so yummy to eat. After they are cooked and cooled they can be placed in Ziplock bags and frozen for future use. They stay fresh longer if frozen with the sauce on them. Use within 2-3 months.

3 lbs ground beef
3 lbs ground pork
6 eggs slightly beaten
3 tsp garlic salt
6 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
3 c. dry bread crumbs (I used stuffing mix and omitted the salt)
3/4 c. minced onion
1/2 c. Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Using a rounded tablespoon, shape into 1 1/2 inch balls. Bake in 350 degree oven. (these shrink so you can place them very close together in order to fit more on the cookie sheet). Bake 15-20 minutes.
Serve plain or with one of the following sauces:

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

1/2 recipe basic meatballs
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 TBs cornstarch
1 c. water
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c vinegar
1/4 c. ketchup
1/2 c. chunked onion
1 c. chuncked red and green pepper

Mix together. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat and stir until thick and bubbly. Add meatballs and simmer 15 min. Serve with hot rice.

Pineapple Meatballs
1/2 recipe basic meatballs
3/4 c. BBQ sauce
3/4 c. orange juice
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 T. cornstarch
1 can crushed pineapple

Arrange meatballs in greased baking dish. Mix remaining ingredients. Pour over meatballs. Bake covered for 45 min at 350 degrees. Serve with rice.

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