Italian Meatballs


I’m on my 3rd year in Indianapolis, and every autumn, I am completely dumbfounded at the intensity for the love of football here in the Midwest. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen. I like it! Living in downtown Seattle and Brooklyn for most of my life really didn’t give me much of an opportunity to tailgate.

In Seattle, I could just walk to the games. In Brooklyn, you had to take a subway, then a train, then a bus to get to the local team’s home base. Not what I call fun. But this tailgating thing? Fun! I plan to do a whole lot more in the next few years. For my first football party of the season, I made my homemade Italian Meatball recipe. It’s super yummy and easy to make. It’s versatile and can travel well.

So whip up a batch or 3 and take it to your next football party. Or accidentally eat them all on the way. I don’t judge. GO Sportsballs!!!

Homemade Italian Meatball recipe:

  1. Heat oven to 425. Lightly spray a sheet pan (or use parchment paper).
  2. In large bowl, tear bread into small pieces. Add milk. Let this absorb for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the meats, eggs, grated cheese and seasonings. Mix well.
  4. Shape ping-pong size meatballs.
  5. Bake 20 minutes. Let rest. Eat. Be happy.
  6. Serve with pasta sauce of your choice.

Easy, right? Now, you can up your game a bit, by stuffing them with cheese. It’s amazing, and super simple. Just take a small cube (about 1/2″ size), and shape your meatball around it. I use Provolone or Mozzarella. Don’t feel like you have to, these little morsels are great without it.

*** I make my own Italian blend (mostly because I over buy fresh herbs and have to dry them so I don’t waste them). I use parsley, thyme, rosemary, oregano, and a little fennel seed. But the store-bought stuff is just fine.

Sauce Recipe:

I have a really simple, light sauce that works wonderfully with these meatballs. You can start the sauce right when you are preheating the oven for the meatballs, and it will be ready when they are finished. Easy-peasy.

  1. Chop up the tomatoes and the garlic.
  2. Place in medium saucepan. Add oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Turn on low. Stir periodically.
  4. When the sauce has broken down, add some basil. Cook for another 10-15 minutes. Taste, adjust your seasonings and enjoy!

*yields approximately 35 meatballs

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Recipe Credit

Kristine Bockman, Green BEAN Delivery Logistics