Hidden Veggie Meatballs
These meatballs not only taste great, they also have those extra vegetables you've wanted to add into your diet.
Feel free to experiment and add other vegetables to your taste. Veggies I use from time to time, range from peppers, diced tomatoes, zucchini and mushrooms. Get creative. My one tip with the veggies is to take into consideration your moisture content. The juicier the vegetable you add the less moisture you will need with your added breading. Breads in your meatballs add a bit of softness and fluffiness. If you would like to eliminate bread altogether, and go gluten free, these are great with the mushroom and tomatoes as a moisture substitute! So good and yummy.
Well with all of that said, let's get to it.
Ingredients: 1 1/4 lb. Ground Chuck Beef 3/4 lb. Ground Pork 1/4 C. Shredded Onion 1/4 C. Shredded Carrots 1/4 C. Shredded Yellow Squash 1 Tbsn. Chopped Garlic 1 Tbsn. Fresh Chopped Oregano 1 Tbsn. Fresh Chopped Basil 1 Tbsn. Fresh Chopped Parsley 1 Tbsn. Ground Pepper 1 Tbsn. Salt 3 Slices Sandwich Bread 1/2 C Almond Milk or Whole Milk 2 Eggs Preheat oven to 300 degrees and place a saute pan on medium heat with 1 Tbsn. olive oil to preheat.
Shred onion, carrot and squash with a box grater or similar type grater. Chop garlic and fresh herbs. (Tip: if you do not have fresh herbs, you may substitute 1 tspn dried for each.)
Cut bread into 1/2" squares and place in bowl and cover with milk. Let sit and soak for 2 minutes. While soaking, combine all other ingredients in another bowl.
Now squeeze out excess moisture from bread and add that to the other ingredients. Begin to squish and mash all ingredients together with your hands. (Don't forget to take off your rings)
brown up a small tester bit of the mixture to taste prior to cooking all. After testing this will tell you whether you need more salt based on your own pallet.
After everything is all combined, roll spoonfuls of meat mixture in your palm and place in saute pan to brown the outside. A couple of minutes per side is good.
Once browned, remove from saute pan and place on a foil lined baking sheet that will be placed in the preheated oven when all are done browning. When you have finished browning your meatballs, place in the preheated oven for approximately 15-20 minutes to finish cooking through. (Timing here will depend on the size of meatballs you make, the larger they are the longer you bake them)
Enjoy these meatballs alone, in your favorite sauce, on a pizza, make a sandwich, there are so many options.
This meatball recipe also freezes very well. I suggest portioning them out for meals to make your future dinners that much easier.