Recipe of the Week – Easy Cheesy Meatballs

I have a question for you…

How do you feel about balls? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist and apparently I have the humorous mindset of a 10 year-old boy) I am talking about meatballs, people. Little succulent morsels of meaty heaven.

I have to admit that while growing up meatballs held a firm place on the list of “God, that’s gross” menu items. I actually remember, several years ago, the first time (and last for a long, long while) that I tasted meatballs. It was a beautiful summer afternoon and we were attending a potluck at a local park. I remember standing in a long line of people anxiously awaiting our turn at an all-out nosh fest of all-American potluck fare. I approached the buffet server and peered down into what appeared like a pool of grease with tiny little porcupines swimming for their dear lives. Ech. Meatballs, anyone? I don’t think so.

Well, I grew up and slowly embraced the “meat mixture formed into little balls” concept. Trial and error along with a teensy bit of experience in the kitchen has enabled me to experiment with ingredients resulting in some pretty tasty balls. (Sorry. The 10 year-old is rearing his ugly head again.) These are not your general, run of the mill, ball of meat. These have cheese. White cheddar cheese. Melted inside the meatball. Lord, help me.

Here it is…

Easy Cheesy Meatballs Recipe

  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 1/2 cup finely minced onion
  • 2 tbs worcestershire
  • 1/2tsp. garlic powder (or more if you’re a garlic lover – I am.)
  • 1 tbs. steak seasoning
  • 1/2 cup shredded white cheddar
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Coat cookie sheet with olive oil and place in oven while preheating.
  3. Mix above ingredients well, making sure to incorporate spices and cheese into mixture.
  4. Form into golf-ball sized meatballs and place 1 inch apart on preheated, greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes (until brown); turn balls over and cook for another 5 -10 minutes.

Eat your balls (again, sorry) with mashed potatoes and country gravy. Man, it’s good. Really good.

Comments

  1. says

    I’m rolling right now! Evidently, I have the mindset of a 10 year old, but then again, I’m a huge fan of Beavis and Butthead too. :) I’m not a fan of meatballs, but this does sound good. I might have to try it.

    • says

      Well, in the spirit of a 10-year old mindset, I think you should definitely try them just because they are, in fact, named “meatballs.”
      =)
      Mindy

  2. says

    I love balls! Meatballs that is! I make sausage cheese balls and turkey mexican meatballs for appetizers at every holiday. Or for work carryins! They’re so versatile! I’m definitely going to give this recipe a try.

    ♥Spot

    • says

      Okay, Spot. I am SO not shocked that you love balls. Meatballs, that is. I also love how portable and versatile they can be! Let me know what you think of this recipe. =)
      Mindy

  3. says

    I like balls a lot. “snicker” I am speaking of meatballs of course. I, for sure have a low brow sense of humor sometimes. Whatever, better than being a tightass. (I dont know if that is okay to say on your blog) My only question is why do you keep leaving out the time we are supposed to show up for dinner?

    • says

      You can definitely say “tightass” on my blog. It’s kind of one of those words that really describes itself well. =) I’d invite you all for dinner but I wouldn’t want to subject you to the madness that is a meal at this suburban household. Food flies, dogs throw up under the table, kids throw fits…very relaxing. =)
      Mindy

  4. says

    How could you have spent a portion of your life disliking balls? *shocked look* They’re one of the staple foods in our house! Yum! That recipe looks great, but I’ve never made them myself. We buy (gasp!) frozen balls. No need to condemn, I get enough of that from my mother-in-law. LOL I’ll have to see if my experimental Husband will try his hand at making these.

    On a completely different note, my Son (12) and I think very much alike, and I SO get the ball humor! Last year, we were at a restaurant called Fuddrucker’s. It’s a very different type of place, if you’ve never heard of it before. Anyway, they have a sort of game room off in one corner. The “games” are really silly vending machine type things. After begging for quarters from us, he disappeared for a few minutes. When he came back, he announced, a bit too loudly it might seem, “Mom! Wanna see my happy balls?!”. He’d won some bouncy balls with a smiley face on them. We still laugh about him and his happy balls! :-D

    • says

      I think most people get “ball” humor but most are afraid to admit it. =) I have to say, have never heard “wanna see my happy balls?” before. That’s hilarious! I guess, though, if you’re gonna win balls they might as well be happy ones! =)
      Mindy

  5. says

    That was pretty funny! Hard post to keep clean, but you did a real good job.

    Now on to the balls…I’ve never thought about trying to make them. The only ones I can think of, are the ones in a can with the noodles and sause.

    I’ll have to give it a shoot, thanks.

  6. Kim says

    Mindy, You know I loved this. Little did I know, I had the mind set of a ten year old boy. Thanks for enlightening me. Kim

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