A few weeks ago, I shared a “tea talk” post about ways my friends simplify the holidays. My friend, Wendy, said that she makes a double batch of her homemade meatballs and puts them in the freezer…serving half of them on Christmas Eve and the other half if they are invited to a cocktail party and asked to bring an appetizer.
Wendy offered to share her meatball recipe, and she was even kind enough to photograph the process as she recently made a batch…so today she is a “guest blogger” on Polka Dots & Picket Fences. Read on and be sure to print the recipe so that you have it for the upcoming holidays!
“I love to make homemade meatballs because then I know exactly what’s in them. This is a family recipe I make once a year. I freeze them and then serve half on Christmas Eve and the other half when we’re asked to bring an appetizer to a cocktail party.”
Thank you for sharing your recipe, Wendy! I was interested to learn the secret ingredient…torn up bread, instead of bread crumbs. I’ll be adding the recipe to my holiday cooking/ baking list…or better yet, I could just invite her over and perhaps she would bring them as an appetizer!
- 2 1/2 lbs ground chuck
- 2 1/2 lbs ground pork (unseasoned)
- 4 eggs (beaten)
- 10 slices white bread (torn into pieces and soaked in whole milk...the secret ingredient)
- 1 onion (chopped)
- 2 tbsp parsley
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 tbsp salt
- 1 tsp oregano
- 2 cans Campbell's cream of mushroom soup
- 1 soup can water
- 48 ounces Ragu sauce (with mushrooms)
Mix the meatball ingredients above together in a large bowl
Roll into small meatballs. Place close together on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.
Take out of the oven after 10 minutes and flip with a spatula or tongs so the bottoms don’t overcook. I also swap the top and bottom oven rack at this time to make sure they cook evenly.
The meatballs are done when they are slightly brown outside and no longer pink inside. Remove from the oven.
Then mix together the sauce ingredients, add meatballs, and simmer in crockpot.