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way to a man’s heart meatballs ;)

Happy Thursday, friends!

I cannot believe it is already Thursday!  These last two weeks have flown by – with lots of travel and activities and I haven’t been able to sit down and blog much at all… and I’m afraid this whole month is going to be a little cray, so apologies in advance 🙂

Today I wanted to share a recipe for a meal that is that way to any man’s (or woman’s) heart!

I have to say, there are different “love languages” and I really believe food is one of my very top ones, even if it technically isn’t one as defined in the books.  The labor of love behind a good meal is, in my opinion, a great way to show people you care about them.  I like to make meals for my friends and family a lot, and I especially like to cook for my man 😉  If you don’t think food can be romantic, make something special for your partner or have them cook for you… it is incredibly romantic.  Or make a meal for your significant other and surprise them with it for lunch a day, or even a picnic.  I promise you, they will love it.

This meal is one of my most requested.  And I tell ya, there’s just something so homie and lovie about spaghetti and meatballs.  Even if your fella isn’t a huge pasta fan, I can assure you, he will love this meal!  It is a food of love, I tell ya!  Just ask my hubby 😉  It makes for an excellent date night in and is so delicious (and reheats super well, so you can make it and send the leftovers with your love for lunch, if you’re willing to sacrifice eating them for yourself).  It’s always a special treat for my husband and it really isn’t difficult to make – it just takes a little time because you have to roll the meatballs and bake them.

The recipe today is really just for the meatballs.  You can find the recipe to the marinara sauce I use here – just omit the meat (you won’t need it since you’re making meatballs).  Feel free to use your own marinara sauce or jarred sauce as well and just use whatever long cut pasta you prefer.  I used linguini for this particular meal.

What I’ve never liked about meatballs is how they can kind of get slimy… so I use a trick to make sure that they don’t – I roll them in panko breadcrumbs.  This was a total game changer for me.  It creates another layer of texture and adds a tiny bit of crispiness to them.  I also bake the meatballs in mini muffin tins and they cook really evenly and keep their form in the pan.  Find the recipe and pics below!

Mini Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground beef (I use ground sirloin)
  • 2 links of italian sausage (I used hot italian turkey sausage but you could use mild/sweet if you don’t like spicy food)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs to roll the meatballs in + 2 additional tsp panko to put in actual meatballs
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • cooking spray
  • mini muffin tin

Combine the sirloin, sausages, egg, parmesan cheese, seasoning, and 2 tsp of panic in a large bowl.  Mix it all together with your hands until evenly combined.  No need to mix too long, you don’t want to over mix and the meat become tough.

This is what the mix looks like when it’s all combined.  First spray your mini muffin pan with cooking spray.  Then take about 1.5-2 tablespoons of meat and roll into a ball.  Once rolled into a ball, roll it in the breadcrumb mixture so it has a little bit of panko all over it.  Put into the muffin tin and keep on rollin’ and rollin’ until every meatball is formed and rolled in the breadcrumbs.

They will go over the top a little bit, as you see in the photo.

Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.  Take them out and flip them over and finish cooking for 10 more minutes.  And voilà!  You have 24 perfectly cooked meatballs.

PS – these freeze really well, so if you don’t eat all of them, just pop them in a freezer storage bag and they will last a couple of months!  They work really well for a meatball sub, too!

I then toss them in the sauce that I prepare on the side and have them simmer away for a few minutes. Combine with your pasta, top with some cheese and herbs if you have them, and there you have it!  A beautiful love language right on a plate 😉  ENJOY!



xo, tess

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