Granny’s Meatballs

My granny.. that woman could cook anything! She was first and foremost a Southern Cook,  but she was so diverse that she could throw together the most moist meatball I’ve ever had in my life! Here is her recipe.. hope you enjoy!

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Ingredients

The Meatballs

  • One pound ground beef
  • 5 slices of white bead ( the older the better, but still just a wee bit moist)
  • 1/2 of a green bell pepper
  • one egg
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 packet of powdered ranch ( I use hidden valley™)
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley (dried)
  • 1 Tsp Badia™ Complete Seasoning ( that’s what I use, she used Italian Seasoning)
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Truffle Oil ( optional, Granny used veg oil.. I like the taste of the truffle)

I’ll give you the easy sauce in a second……

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With a large knife, diced up your white bread.

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Add it to a LARGE bowl….

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Dice your bell pepper, VERY small ….

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Add to the bowl ….

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Add your ranch dressing powder ( ignore the  fingernails, I’m due for a trip to town)

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One tablespoon Parsley….

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One teaspoon Badia™ Complete Seasoning….

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1/3 cup of whole milk..

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Crack in one Large egg…

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I said, ignore them nails … anyway… this is the optional part. Granny always used a bit of veggie oil… this is where I kicked it up a bit… I get this oil in very small amounts at The Beaufort Olive Oil Company, which is near us…www.beaufortoliveoil.com they have a huge selection of oils and so much more… I spend a lot of time there. Plus it’s on the waterfront, win win. I’m just showing you what I use… I had to measure it carefully.. so that was done “off camera”

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Mix well, but don’t over ms ( it’ll get tough)

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Using a scoop ( of desired size) make out uniform sized meatballs.

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Makes about 20-ish meatballs … place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

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This little feller? Well… he’s the taste test size… hehehehe

Bake at 350* for 18 minutes then remove from oven.

Okay, the sauce…..

  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 bell pepper diced
  • 1/4 cup white onion diced
  • 1 tsp Badia™ Complete Seasoning
  • Two 29oz cans of tomato sauce

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Add a few teaspoons of olive oil to a skillet….

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add the other half of your bell pepper and 1/4 cup white onion.

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add one tsp of the Badia™ complete seasoning and cook until soft…

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add two 29 ounce cans of tomato sauce ( not sketti sauce plain ole tomato)

lower heat to med low….

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After 10 minutes, turn the heat to low and gently add the meatballs.. fold them into the sauce … NOTE: Keep on low for one hour before serving… at no point should the meatballs boil at all.. it will break them apart…

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Serve over your favorite pasta, or use in a meatball sub ( oh that sound good)

Enjoy!!!!!!

 

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