1lb ground Pork
½lb ground Beef
5 oz frozen Spinach, thawed and drained thoroughly
½ cup finely grated Parmesan
1½ tsp dried Basil
1½ tsp dried Parsley
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp Kosher salt
½tsp Red Pepper flakes
½ cup Breadcrumbs
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pork, beef, spinach, cheese, egg, basil, parsley, garlic powder, salt, red pepper flakes, and ¼ cup of the breadcrumbs
2. Using your hands, mix all ingredients until well incorporated.
3. Set the oven to 400F.
4. Place the remaining breadcrumbs into a small bowl and, using a scale, weigh meatballs into 1.5oz portions and place on a sheet pan.
5. Using your hands, shape the meatballs into balls, roll in the bread crumbs and place the meatballs on a baking sheet.
6. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
Reference: The Food Network – Good Eats.
I didn’t want to buy a bunch of frozen Spinach for this one, so opted to leave it out. Ususally I think you require to substitute binding ingredients, but I think the small amount won’t hurt, on this occasion. The beef was not on offer, yet only cost $2; substituting for a higher grade of meat, shouldn’t up the price that much either. As I didn’t have 3 of the seasonings, I used the opportunity to buy loose organic items. Despite getting about double the amount I needed, the total came to less than $1. As with most of my recipies requiring breadcrumbs, I substituted with my Japanese variety, which gives that extra sweetness and crunch. Lastly, the Pork came to $3, which brings the total for 12 meatballs to $6 and plenty for two or three people.