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Baked Spicy Italian Meat-a-balls

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Baked Italian meatballs perfect atop a plate of spaghetti with cheese bread on the side. Please your family of all ages, impress your special someone or just feed yourself.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • ½ cups Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ⅓ cups Milk
  • ¼ cups Bread Crumbs
  • 2 whole Large Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Basil
  • 2 teaspoons Parsley Flakes
  • 1-½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • ½ cups Bread Crumbs

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350º.

Beat egg lightly. Mix all ingredients, reserving the last 1/2 cup of bread crumbs in a large bowl.

Using a scoop or a spoon, divide out equal portions of the meat mix and roll into balls.

Roll into the reserved 1/2 cup bread crumbs and place into greased mini muffing tins.

Bake at 350º for 25 or so minutes until bread crumbs begin to brown and meatballs are cooked through.

Serve atop a pile of spaghetti and sauce with a side of garlic toast or cheese bread. Provide plenty of napkins.

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joojoobean on 3.14.2010

These were just a huge hit with my hubby. I did a half/half mixture of ground pork and ground beef. They were very flavorful and the recipe made enough for several meals.

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whatmegansmaking on 2.26.2010

I LOVED these! These may have been the best meatballs I’ve ever had (and my grandmother is Italian). thanks so much for a wonderful recipe. Oh, and I cut the amount of red pepper flakes in half because I’m afraid of spice

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tracy on 1.5.2010

Loved these! This has become our go-to meatball recipe. Thanks!

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bigflavor on 10.17.2009

Overall – really good flavor. I do like my meatballs a little more textured on the outside and juicy on the inside. I think I’ll take this recipe and just fry them in a pan instead of bake them. The flavors are delicious. Also, I only used 1 pound of ground beef instead of two and it still worked out good.

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raylynn on 10.15.2009

Fantastic! I made them last night and used on sub rolls with a simple tomato sauce. My 9yo DS and DH love them. I have already given out the recipe to 5 people. Thanks for this simple yet delicious recipe.
Raylynn

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kender3 on 4.28.2013

Simple, especially for meatballs, but the flavor and tenderness just weren’t where I hoped they would be.

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Heather Lowe on 8.13.2012

perfection!

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joojoobean on 6.5.2011

These are SO delicious! Sometimes meatballs can be so bland, and I’ve shied away from making them before. My husband, in particular, adores these! Instead of 2 pounds of ground beef, I use one pound of pork and one pound of beef. We always have TONS of leftovers.

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annamooney on 12.22.2010

This is now my go-to recipe for meatballs. I’ve made them at least three times in the last three months! I actually halve the recipe for my family and use my cookie scoop to scoop the meatballs so they fit in one mini muffin tin. Thanks!

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alicia on 10.30.2010

I make a ton of these at a time and freeze them in ziploc bags. they are very good and I am sad that we have now eaten through our 2nd or 3rd batch of them (and I make about 6 lbs of them at a time!) my son just asked when we can have meatballs again, so it looks like it is time to make more. thanks for the great recipe! :)

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