Meatballs and Dogs!

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I promise there are no dogs in these meatballs! That would be absolutely terrible I hope everyone’s having a wonderful fall! I can’t believe it’s already October. The reason why I mentioned dogs in the title is because I’m officially a volunteer at Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue and I’ve already volunteered at 2 adoption events. Last saturday, we sold meatballs during the event and it made me want meatballs so much I just made them at home. The dogs at Badass Brooklyn are adorable and I’m currently doing an anthropological study on how these badass dogs mediate between human relationships (aka how they help build a community) and so far I’ve gotten great field notes!

Here's Patrick, Pierce and me. Pierce was adopted by a family two weeks ago and we couldn't be happier :)

Here’s Patrick, Pierce and me. Pierce was adopted by a family two weeks ago and we couldn’t be happier🙂

But honestly, enough of the dogs and let’s make meatballs!

Ingredients:

-1 lb beef (preferably 80% lean, 20% fat, you can also use pork)
-1 tsp oregano
-1 tsp paprika
-1 tbsp garlic salt and pepper, plus some to season the onions
-mozzarella cheese (we used slices, but it’s better to use shredded)
-1 jar tomato sauce
-1 onion
 
You can definitely add more spices and make your own tomato sauce if you want, we were just so hungry we wanted to make them as soon as possible 

Directions:

  1. Mix the beef and the spices together until thoroughly incorporated. Roll the beef into balls so they fit comfortably in the palm of your cupped hands. DSC_8230 Set aside
  2. Cut the onions into wedges and quickly sauté them in a large pot until they’re translucent. Take them out of the pot and set aside.
  3. Cook the meatballs until they’re browned on all sides in the pot. This should take about 1 to 2 minutes on each side (surface?). DSC_8246
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  5. Prep a baking dish by spraying with nonstick cooking spray. Pour half the jar of tomato sauce into the dish. Add in the onions and the place the meatballs on top. DSC_8269Pour the rest of the tomato sauce on top of the meatballs and top with shredded mozzarella.DSC_8279
  6. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the center of the meatballs are no longer pink. To keep them from drying out, I suggest adding another baking dish full of water or to cover the baking dish.

If you want, toast some rolls and pile the meatballs on top for a meatball sub or make some pasta for spaghetti and meatballs! Store leftovers in a airtight container. I can’t say how long they’ll last because we ate them all the next day. Enjoy!

Hugs and puppies!

Mimi

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