To be fair, it's the Historian who usually makes Mama Joy's Meatballs around here - he has 'the touch' to make tender meatballs. I get totally grossed out when handling raw meat with raw egg added - as in meatloaf or meatballs!! Texture issues I guess! Yesterday I 'cheated' and used my extra large cookie or mashed potato scoop - and they were all uniform but a bit on the big side. I didn't have to touch the meat, so it was quite do-able!
Mama Joy's Meatballs
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1 medium onion, minced
4-6 cloves of garlic minced (I use 4, the Historian uses 6 and Mum? The sky is the limit!)
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 beaten egg
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs - very fine is best (I often grate toasted bread)
2 Tbsp. prepared spaghetti sauce - Ragu, Prego and Bertolli and Meijer's all have decent organic sauces now and that's what I use unless I have my home canned - but I never make enough!
1 or 2 more jars of prepared spaghetti sauceGently combine first 11 ingredients in a large bowl - do not over work the meat or it will be tough; form balls. Place in glass 9"x13" baking dish and cover with extra prepared spaghetti sauce. Cover tightly with foil. Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes. Drain any floating fat with a turkey baster. Serve over your favorite fresh cooked pasta, with a nice salad and crusty garlic bread or maybe Kelli's Garlic Twists! We always put our water or grape juice in stemmed glasses, have candles on the table and play romantic 'Italian' music while we eat Mama Joy's meatballs! It only takes a minute to make an ordinary meal something more memorable - and now if I forget, I have two willing helpers who will set it up just right for us! They usually use enough candles to burn the house down, but it's the thought, right?
I brushed olive oil on soft flat bread and sprinkled it with a bit of taco seasoning
before cutting it in strips with my pizza cutter.
I baked them until they were crisp before garnishing the soup!