Homemade Meatballs

These are our family's favorite meatballs. The recipe makes a lot but since ground beef isn't too expensive, they are still a pretty cheap meal. It's a good one to have in your repertoire if you often entertain large groups of teenagers... as we do. Or if your family will one day contain a large group of teenage boys...

3 lb ground beef
1 (12 oz/350ml) can evaporated milk
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup crumbled crackers
2 eggs
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tsp chili powder

Mix in a large bowl.

Form into meatballs. I use my cookie scooop. I take a heaping scoop and form the meatballs inside the scoop. (Sorry for using the word scoop so many times, I couldn't think of another word to use.)

Put them in a single layer to maintain their shape. If you want to do this step ahead you can put the meatballs on a lined cookie sheet in the fridge until you're ready to finish them.

Then brown the meatballs in a skillet. The longer you brown them in the skillet, the less you have to worry about them being all the way cooked in the oven. Transfer meatballs from the skillet to a glass 13x9 inch pan. Depending on the size of the meatballs, it might not all fit in one pan. I usually end up with a 13x9 and a 8x8 inch pan.

After you've browned the meatballs, make the sauce.

In a sauce pan, bring to a boil:

2 cups ketchup
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp liquid smoke
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup chopped onions.

Pour over the meatballs.
Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.


Bonnie said...

I am just getting ready to plan my menu and these are going on it !!!

Kath said...

Feeding teenaged boys this week? No, well these look good enough for grownups to eat, too! Meatball subs anyone?!

andrafaye said...

yum, i want some.