Sunday, January 4, 2015

Marlene's Meatballs

  When I mentioned that I was going to collect family recipes to try, this was one of the recipes my mom suggested I ask for.  Apparently Marlene makes the best meatballs!  So, I asked for the recipe and she delivered last night.  I decided today was the day to make them, so I got out the paper and set out to make meatballs.  This should be easy I thought.  It is a family favorite recipe, so all I have to do is follow it to a T and take a few pictures.  So, imagine my surprise when I opened the paper to find the following:

1 egg
italian seasoning
parmesan cheese

350 F for 20 min

What?!  Wait, where are the measurements?  So, I sent a text to my mom.  Do you have the measurements?  She dug out her version of the meatballs, and Marlene has specifically written that there are no measurements, she just eyeballs it.  Now, I completely understand that.  I normally cook in exactly that way.  I just add a bit of this and a dash of that until it feels right.  But, I know not everyone cooks that way.  So, I guessed and measure and this is what I ended up with.

Marlene's Meatballs

1 lb ground hamburger (or venison)
1/2 onion diced
1 tsp garlic powder
1 egg
1/4 cup oatmeal
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp fresh oregano chopped
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Mix all ingredients until just combined
  3. Form into 1 1/2" meatballs, being careful not to pack them too hard
  4. Place meatballs in a rimmed baking sheet or 9"x 13" pan and bake for 20 minutes

They come out of the oven smelling delicious!  I made up a recipe of Sunday Gravy just for these beauties.  The smell of both together is intoxicating.  I hope I can wait until dinner to try one!

Drop them into a batch of Sunday Gravy or simply simmer them in a jar of pasta sauce.  You can't go wrong!


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you! They were just what I needed on a dreary day, that is for sure!

  2. Oh gosh, Carlee, I've gotten family recipes like that - and then I've gotten others with ingredients and amounts but no instructions, lol! I'm an eyeballer, too, but of course I had to learn to measure out for my kids and my blog! These look delish!


    1. I pretty much only measure when I'm working on something for the blog! I'm usually a little bit of this and a little bit of that kind of cook. =)


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