Normally we buy frozen meatballs, but I should start to cook my own more often. Yummier and cheaper! While I do love meatballs, I usually have ones made from ground beef or turkey, not sausage.
Johnsonville Italian Meatball Recipe
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 pkg (19.76 oz.) Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage Links
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine everything except the sausage in a large bowl.
- Remove sausage from casings.
- Add sausage to the mixture and mix well.
- Shape into 20 meatballs.
- Arrange in shallow baking pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through (160 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Serve with spaghetti or however you choose.
Ok, so that was their instructions (although I paraphrased the “combine” step). Here’s how it went down when I did it!
I gathered up all my ingredients and measuring cups.
Using a fork, I lightly beat the egg. I always put the egg in the bowl before any other ingredients in case there are any runaway pieces of shell. Then I combine the rest of the mixture. I wondered how Italian bread crumbs would taste instead of regular, plain ol’ crumbs, but didn’t have any on hand to experiment with.
Then I slit the casings and extracted and squeezed the sausage out. It occurred to me that I could have gotten the bulk sausage (not in casings), but I had gone by their recipe. In all honesty, I’ve never liked mixing meat with my bare hands…
Anyway, I rolled them into 12 meatballs instead of 20. I like mine a bit bigger, what can I say?
I stuck ’em in the oven…
Since I made mine bigger, I let them bake for a little longer than 20 minutes…
And decided to bake some biscuits too. (Yes, Pillsbury Grands) I brushed some melted garlic butter over them before they joined the meatballs in the oven.
Added them to spaghetti and we enjoyed a yummy dinner!
I still wasn’t used to the sausage flavor when I ate my meatballs, but they were good. They also warmed up fine today for lunch!
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