There’s nothing like a great meatball to take boring, everyday, run of the mill ground beef to a whole new level! Not only are meatballs delicious, they are versatile. Spaghetti and meatballs, meatballs and gravy served with mashed potatoes, meatballs with marinara sauce and salad, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. They’re certainly a favorite at our house.
These meatballs also make excellent sliders if you flatten slightly and make them into a patty.
Homemade Mushroom and Spinach Meatballs
There’s nothing like a great meatball to take boring, everyday, run of the mill ground beef to a whole new level!
Yield: 12 - 18 meatballs depending on the size.
Olive or Veggie Oil
½ large onion diced
5 oz mushrooms diced
2 cloves garlic minced
Pinch of crushed red pepper
3 oz fresh spinach chopped
1 pound ground beef
½ cup dry breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ cup of water
In a large saute pan, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of the oil along with the diced onion and mushroom. Cook over medium heat 5 -8 minutes until onions are soft but not browned.
Add in garlic, spinach and red pepper, and cook an additional 2 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper and let cool.
In a large bowl put hamburger, egg, breadcrumbs and water. Mix in the onion/mushroom/spinach mixture. Don’t be afraid to use your hands to mix together well. Form into meatballs. Don't pack the meatballs tightly.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of oil to a saute pan and bring to a medium high heat. Brown meatballs on all sides and place on a baking sheet. Finish the meatballs in a preheated 350 degree oven. It should take about 15 minutes.
These meatballs also freeze very well.Add to your favorite sauce and serve!