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1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 cup dry seasoned Italian bread crumbs
1 tsp. onion powder
salt & pepper to taste
Mix together all of the ingredients and form into 1-inch balls. You can even use a large melon scooper.
SKILLET METHOD: Heat 2 tbs. oil in a large skillet and lightly brown the meatballs on all sides.
MICROWAVE: Cook on HIGH 4 - 6 minutes; rotating dish halfway through.
OVEN BAKE: Bake meatballs in a roasting pan for approximately 25 minutes at 375 degrees.
MEATBALL RECIPE IDEAS:
SPAGHETTI SAUCE: Heat a large jar of spaghetti sauce, add 1 lb. meatballs and serve over your favorite pasta.
MEATBALL SUB: Using the instructions above, instead of pasta, pour the meatball sauce over sub buns, adding mozzarella cheese and toasting in the oven until the cheese is melted.
BBQ MEATBALLS: Dump a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce in the crockpot, add the meatballs and simmer for several hours. Serve with rice or noodles.
SWEET & SOUR: In a large skillet, simmer meatballs in your favorite sweet and sour sauce, along with onion wedges, green pepper wedges and pineapple chunks.
SWEET & SPICY: Mix together a bottle of chili sauce (12 oz.) and a jar of grape jelly (10 oz.) in the crockpot; add the meatballs (1 lb.), and let simmer until heated. Great appetizer!
SWEDISH MEATBALLS: In a skillet, mix together 1/2 cup water, 2 tbsp. flour (more if needed to thicken), 1/2 pkg. dry onion soup mix, and 1 cup sherry wine. Add meatballs and let simmer approximately ½ hour.
MEATBALLS & MUSHROOM GRAVY: Mix together 1 (10 ¾ oz.) can condensed mushroom soup, 1 cup water, and 1 (4 oz.) can sliced mushrooms in a medium-sized skillet. Add 1 lb. meatballs and simmer uncovered on low for approximately 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.