I have been craving meatballs all week. I don’t know why. Maybe someone on Chopped made meatballs on Tuesday. I can’t remember. I just know that it was my weekend to cook so it we were going to have meatballs and spaghetti.
I’ve never had a “go-to” recipe for meatballs. I usually just went with what I had in the house for flavoring and just used ground beef. I was perusing Pinterest, as I do, and saw this recipe on The Cafe Sucre Farine (sounds so fancy) and saw they added sausage to their meatballs. We love sausage in our house, so it inspired me. I used some of my typical meatballs ingredients and techniques and some of theirs and created the most amazing meatball I’ve ever had in my life.
In fact Devon proclaimed that I’m never allowed to make meatballs any other way ever again. From him, that’s high praise. Because while he will usually eat anything I make, he’s a bit picky and won’t praise unless he truly means it. They were THAT amazing. So tender that you don’t even need a knife to cut them and so flavorful that you could probably just serve them with a simple tomato sauce and it would work beautifully.
Me being me, I served them with a quicker version of my Quick Pasta Sauce. Since I didn’t need meat (because meatballs), I basically just added some italian seasoning, dried oregano, fresh basil, and red pepper flakes to a jar sauce and let it simmer until the meatballs were ready to be dunked in sauce.
And yes, I do mix meatballs with my hands. I don’t smash my hands down in them but I can’t get the mixture as thoroughly mixed when I use anything but my hands. I know opinions vary widely here. Use what you please to mix, but for me it’s the cooks best tool; my hands.