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Homemade Italian Meatballs With Ground Beef and Italian Sausage

So if you’re following the Meatball Showdown Throw down, you’ll know that we have two recipes that I really want to have compared to see which one people like the best. One of them is my Father’s recipe and the other one is my Mother’s version. I have a version too, but I’m saving that for another time.

Meatball Recipe Number 1

Homemade Meatball Showdown Recipe 1 is made with not only ground beef but has ground Italian Sausage included in it too! You can use sweet sausage or go crazy with some HOT Italian Sausage! Make it hotter by adding some crushed red pepper if you like it really spicy. This meatball is meaty, firm, savory and goes well with any type of pasta sauce.

Cook these in Nonna’s Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce  for a decadent Italian feast!

Note: You could also make these small and use them as an appetizer with any type of sauce. (ie: Grape jelly and chili sauce, Raspberry preserves and Sriracha, or whatever your favorite combination is)

Remember, this is the first meatball recipe in my Meatball Showdown, so I want to hear from you after you make them so I know who’s meatball won the prize! See what’s it up against in MelClaire’s Homemade Meatball Showdown Recipe 2 .

Happy cooking!

Melissa

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MelClaire's Homemade Italian Meatballs #1
Homemade Italian meatballs
MelClaire's Homemade Italian Meatballs #1
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 5-6 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 5-6 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
MelClaire's Homemade Italian Meatballs #1
Instructions
  1. Saute onions in 1 tbsp olive oil until brown. (Reserve the other tbsp of EVOO for use when browning the meatballs) In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, parsley, basil, Parmesan cheese and the crackers until well blended. Add the browned onions and garlic powder to this mixture and stir. Then add the ground sirloin and Italian Sausage and mix well with your hands until all the ingredients are well mixed.
    Saute onions in 1 tbsp olive oil until brown. (Reserve the other tbsp of EVOO for use when browning the meatballs) 
In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, parsley, basil, Parmesan cheese and the crackers until well blended. Add the browned onions and garlic powder to this mixture and stir. Then add the ground sirloin and Italian Sausage and mix well with your hands until all the ingredients are well mixed.
  2. Make a small meat patty and place it in your frying pan, cook completely then taste. This is where you will add your salt and pepper to taste. Don't be disappointed at this point, remember the meatballs will be cooking in your sauce for several hours so will be soaking up all that extra flavor while they are cooking.
  3. Next roll your meatballs into balls using a spoon or ice cream scoop to keep them the same size. (Tip-If using your hands to roll them, you can wet your hands with water in between to keep the mixture from sticking to your hands.)
  4. Next add the other tbsp of olive oil to a skillet on medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the meatballs to the skillet and brown them on all sides. Drain the browned meatballs on paper towels then add them to your Pasta sauce, letting them cook for several hours. Note: Try this with Nonna's Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce - see link above

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