Homemade Delicious Meatballs

This is a recipe I created after a few times of hit or miss. Finally, this is the recipe that appeals most to my family and I hope that yours will like it too!

Meatballs

Ingredients:

Family pack ground beef

Salt

Pepper

Parsley

Garlic Powder

Cinnamon - just a sprinkle

Grated parmesan cheese – 2-3 tablespoons

Bread crumbs ½ - 1 cup

2 eggs, beaten

2 – 15 oz. cans of tomato sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil

Water

To make the meatballs:

Combine ground beef, salt, pepper, parsley, garlic powder, cinnamon, eggs, parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Shape into balls and set aside. The size of the meatball depends. If the meatballs are the main dish, I shape them into the size of a golf ball. If they are going to be served with other foods, I make the meatballs slightly smaller.

To make the sauce:

In a large pot, put the olive oil, a little water, salt, pepper, parsley, garlic powder and cinnamon. Stir until heated.

Add the meatballs and let cook for a little while, covered.

Add the tomato sauce and about a can of water to the pot.

Cook covered for approximately one hour, until done.

Enjoy! Serve with your favorite pasta and salad!

Comments 17 comments

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rjsadowski 4 years ago

Interesting recipe. I am not familiar with using cinnamon in meatballs. Is that an ethnic thing or is it something you came up with. I will have to try it sometime.


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bizzymom 4 years ago from New York Author

I just happen to like cinnamon and I just tried it one day in the meatballs. It smells great while it is cooking. Thanks for the comment!


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Theocharis V 4 years ago from Piraeus, Greece

very good recipe. In Greece we use quite a lot cinnamon with our minced meat recipes. I know that in Turkey and Serbia they do the same too. Good stuff!


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bizzymom 4 years ago from New York Author

It must be my Greek roots then; both my parents are from Greece. I use cinnamon wherever I can, even in some of my pork recipes. Thanks for your comment.


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Theocharis V 4 years ago from Piraeus, Greece

Hey I did not know you had Greek roots. That must be it. You know, Greeks especially from the Northern parts (i.e. Salonica, Thrace, etc) use cinnamon in almost everything; from sweets (the famous halva) to meat, pies and soups.


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bizzymom 4 years ago from New York Author

I love halva too! My aunt used to make the best kreatopita (meat pie) and I remember the scent of cinnamon in the air. I also add more cinnamon then the recipe calls for to my baklava. I really do think it makes a difference.


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Theocharis V 4 years ago from Piraeus, Greece

yes indeed it does! I am very glad I found someone with the same taste and pallet as me.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

These sound yummy! I tried making meatballs a few times at home and the recipe I used called for grape jelly. Yes, I know it sounds weird, but the first time I made them they were good. I tried to make the same recipe a second time but I don't know what happened as they were horrible! lol I used to make meatballs at a restaurant I worked at but it was pre-made and all I had to do was flour them and roll them. This is a great recipe! Voted up and SHARING!

JSMatthew~


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R9139 4 years ago

Those sound and look great, I wonder what they would be like in a sub


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L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

These meatballs sound like they would be tasty. I usually bake mine for a bit before putting them into the sauce, but will give your cooking method a try.

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bizzymom 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks for the comment and that's very interesting about the grape jelly!


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bizzymom 4 years ago from New York Author

While I try to avoid eating bread, I can imagine that the meatballs would be pretty good on a sub! Thanks for commenting!


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bizzymom 4 years ago from New York Author

I used to bake the meatballs before putting them in the sauce also, but one day I decided to try putting them straight in the sauce and the kids loved them. They are my best critics, so if it's good for them, I stick with it! Thanks for commenting.


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Molly Kathleen 4 years ago from Portsmouth, NH

To rjsadowski & buzzymom: Just so you know. Cinnamon is a flavor enhancer. It acts very similarly to black pepper. It opens your pallet and allows you to taste all flavors. Also, it is a cultural thing. A true italian will tell you that their "secret" ingredient is either cinnamon or allspice in many meat or tomato sauce dishes, depending on what region they are from. :) Great recipe! Thanks for posting!


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bizzymom 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks letting us in on the "secret" and for your comments!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

These look amazing--and they are just what I need for an upcoming event. Thanks much!


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bizzymom 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks! I hope you enjoy them.

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