Thursday, August 14, 2008

Supper in the Crockpot - Meatballs

I got this recipe off of the yahoo crockpot group, and made it and liked the concept, but didn't like the result too much. I now have adapted it until it is in my opinion an A+ meatball recipe. I used to make good meatballs from my MIL's recipe, but because they were browned (fried) first, they always seemed to end up triangular instead of round, which wasn't that visually appealing. This recipe produces nice round meatballs and I don't have to do any frying, so the mess and the fat is lots less. I use a cookie scoop, and so they are uniform in size. I like mine small, so I use the 1" size, but you could make them whatever size you prefer. After I descoop them, I round them up a bit with my hands, and I spray the scoop and my hands with cooking spray first. I didn't bother to take a picture, as now all you can see is spaghetti sauce.

1 1/4 pounds low fat ground beef
1 cup seasoned Italian bread crumbs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 Tbsp. minced parsley (fresh or dried)
1-3 cloves minced garlic, or garlic powder
3/4 cup milk
2 or 3 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper, scant
Mix ingredients and form into balls. Any size is ok. Put in crockpot with a couple of jars of sauce, one on the bottom and one on top.
We prefer Bartolli's or Barilla's Basil and Tomatoes Sauce. Cook about 4-6 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low. Can be frozen and reheated from the freezer in the crockpot. Makes about 28 1 inch meatballs.
I hope that if you try it you like it.


Dionne said...

Mmmm... that recipe looks YUMMY! Crockpot meals are always great when life gets rushed!

Teresa said...

Yummmmmmmmmy! I just love meatballs and you better believe I am going to try this recipe. I was surprised that there were no chopped onions in the mix though.

Congratulations to Carol on winning your prize and a wonderful prize it is!

Sweet P said...

These sound so yummy! I'm going to make them next week when DH is home to enjoy them.

Julie said...

I will have to try this one. I love homemade meatballs - can't stand the storebought ones.

Rhonda said...

Yummy! I love meatballs and crockpot! I'm gonna give it a try as my meatballs turned out loppy/triangulars too.

Lori said...

I love the crockpot! I don't really enjoy making meals. Dessert now thats a different story! wink wink

jenclair said...

This sounds delicious! Quick and easy prep, too.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Candace, this sounds great, I'm always looking for good recipes in the crock pot so I'll have more time to stitch...

Myra said...

Sounds yummy! Will have to try it out!
Have you looked at the gal that has a blog about her daily crock-pot adventures? She has some great sounding recipes on there... I plan to try a few with the cold weather comes along... I have her link in my sidebar past all my photos on my blog. Check it out! 8-)
Happy stitchings!

Sweet P said...

I made these for dinner on Monday night. They turned out good, except they were a little mushy. I think there was too much liquid in them. Still they were wonderful and I had enough left over for another meal. Thanks for sharing the recipe.