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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Pantry Cleaning Meatballs

This one is both budget and kid friendly. Serves 4. You can use any, and I mean ANY kind of cheese. I used Velveeta. ;)

6oz tomato paste
2 cups water
2 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 beef boullion cubes
2 minced garlic cloves
1/2 an onion, chopped
1/2 a green pepper, chopped
1 tsp Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
A splash of wine, optional

1 lb ground beef or turkey
2 eggs
3 slices white or wheat bread
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp Italian seasoning
2 oz cheese
1 Tbsp oil for browning

To make sauce, combine ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

To make meatballs, begin by toasting the bread in the oven at 250 degrees for 30 minutes. It should end up mostly crumbly with a few moist scraps left. Crumble bread and combine with egg, cheese, turkey, and seasonings.

Preheat oven to 350.
Grease an 8x8 baking dish. Heat oil in a skillet. Divide turkey mixture into 12 balls, bigger than a golf ball, smaller than a tennis ball. Place meatballs into skillet and brown the outsides. You may have to divide them into separate groups of 4 or 6.
Place browned meatballs into prepared baking dish. Pour tomato sauce over top and cover with foil. Bake covered for 1 hour, then uncover and bake for 30 more minutes.
Serve over pasta, make a meatball sub, or just grab a fork and dig in. :)