Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Meatballs--flash of genius

Last week we had spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. Here's the recipe, FYI:

1 ½ lbs ground beef
1 large egg, beaten
1 C Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
1 medium onion, chopped fine
5 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp Italian seasoning or oregano
¼ C grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine beef with other ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Roll mixture into 1 ½-inch balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake about 20 minutes, or until meatballs are no longer pink in the center.

Right before I was about to roll the balls, I had a brilliant through. "Instead of cooking the meatballs on a baking sheet, as suggested, maybe I could use a MINI MUFFIN PAN?!" I sprayed each muffin hole with some nonstick spray, threw the balls in the pan, slid the pan in the oven, and baked them for about 25 minutes.

Cooking meatballs in a muffin pan= MIND. BLOWN.