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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sweet Garlic Meatballs

These meatballs are always a crowd pleaser. I love to serve the meatballs alone for a hearty appetizer, or on hoagie rolls for a meal. If I'm in a hurry, I'll use pre-cooked frozen meatballs instead of making them from scratch, though if you have the time, definitely make them from scratch, they're way better. I also love to serve the sauce over meatloaf.

Sweet Garlic Meatballs

For Meatballs:

1 egg
1/2 c. dry bread crumbs
2 T. finely chopped onion
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 lb. lean ground beef
For Sauce:
1 c. ketchup

3/4 c. packed brown sugar
1/3 c. chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic
dash liquid smoke, optional

For Sandwiches:
6 sandwich rolls, split

In a bowl, combine all meatball ingredients, mix well. Roll into 1 inch balls. Place meatballs in an ungreased 1 quart baking dish.

In a separate bowl, combine all sauce ingredients, mix well.

Pour sauce over meatballs. Cover and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Serve on sandwich rolls, if desired.

You can substitute 1 lb. of pre-cooked frozen meatballs. Combine the frozen meatballs and sauce. Either heat through in a large saucepan, bake at 350 for 20 minutes, or in a crockpot on high for 2 hours.

It's important that the sauce be heated along with the meatballs, so that the meatballs stay moist and the sugar in the sauce can dissolve. 

The sauce freezes great, I often make up large batches and freeze it in quart bags.


Dik Pose said...

Recipe saved. I will try this out soon!!

Erin said...

You will love it. Cory started drooling the second he saw me writing this post.

Hannah said...

Oh, my word. This is your mother's recipe, and I just made them for tonight's supper. Our great minds must think alike. :-) I've been thinking of calling you...Martha and I were laughing over a couple Bastine girl stories yesterday. Those were great times for sure! Talk to you later!

Erin said...

Oh wow, too funny! Absolutely, we need to catch up. I miss you girls.

Buy PGX said...

Blend the right sauce to make the meatball tastier.

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