Baked Meatballs Are Healthy and trusted traditional food from Italy that has been passed down throughout the centuries. They can be found in many variations, each using different ingredients to create a different taste and texture. These recipes were originally created as a way to keep track of their food supply in times when each family needed to have a quick and easy meal to feed the entire household. In the old country homes, they would wrap the meat in leaves or fat and add spices, vegetables, cheese, herbs, and olives. This would be wrapped, baked and then the entire family could sit down and enjoy a hearty meal.
Back in those days, the ingredients for these meatballs were limited to what was available to them at the time, which often included things like wild mushrooms, liver, onions and green peppers. Baked meatballs in those days were not only a quick and easy meal but were also good for your health, provided you knew how to cook it properly. The problem was that they took much longer than the modern recipes that we use today. You had to cook the meatballs through the night before they were ready to eat. This was because all the ingredients had to be mixed together the night before and then left to set, as opposed to the boiling and heating methods used today.
Many different versions of the meatball recipe evolved over the years to include different ingredients and flavors. Some of the more popular ones included tomatoes, onion, garlic, seasonings, herbs and olives. Today, most of us use tomatoes, onions, garlic, some herbs and maybe some olive oil when making our meatballs. In fact, it is even possible to create perfectly cooked meatballs using only olive oil and salt.
Today, if you want to make your own Baked Meatballs, the best ingredients for the meatballs are tomatoes, onions, fresh garlic, salt and pepper to name a few. You can also add oregano, rosemary and basil to the mix if you wish to. When preparing the meatballs, you will need the following ingredients: ground beef, two cups of tomato sauce, one cup of Worcestershire sauce, one tablespoon of each salt and pepper, two tablespoons of dried oregano, two tablespoons of dry thyme, a half of a cup of milk, four reconstituted tomato sauce, one tablespoon of each of parsley flakes and lemon juice. You have to start by breaking up the beef into small pieces before adding it to the other ingredients.
Once all these ingredients are combined, place your meatballs in a nonstick frying pan and cook at a low temperature until they’re done. Once done, remove them from the pan and place them in the sauce. Stir thoroughly and leave to cool. While the meatballs are cooking in their own sauce, you can now put the milk, lemon juice and a quarter of a cup of chopped tomatoes in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
After the meatballs are ready, use a wire rack to keep them in at the right temperature. The sauce should be ready when the meatball is done. When the sauce is ready, take the meatball and cut it into small pieces. Add all this to the hot sauce along with the tomatoes, salt and pepper to mix thoroughly. Heat the oven and bake the meatballs for about one hour at a temperature of 200 degrees to ensure they’re cooked to perfection.
Once the meatball is baked, it’s time to serve. Heat some water in a saucepan and add a little oil to it. Then add in the chopped vegetables along with your cooked meatball mixture and cook for about five minutes. Serve the sauce with whole grain bread and enjoy your newly baked meatballs. With the sauce, you can experiment with different toppings for your meatballs which is something you can’t do when you bake them in a saucepan.
To sum it up, there are many ways to make your meatballs more healthy. You can make them out of vegetables instead of beef or chicken. You can bake them in the oven or cook them on the grill. The meatball itself is also healthy food. You should try to avoid MSG-laden sauces. And of course, always serve them hot.