Thursday, February 5, 2009

Easy Microwave Meatballs

I remembered this recipe that a friend gave to me over 10 years ago when I was just beginning to cook. She made them for me once and I remembered them being actually pretty good. I dug out the recipe and tried them again last night. They were good, certainly not better than stovetop or crockpot meatballs but if you are scraping for time or don't have a working stove they make a nice substitute. I would recommend using ground beef with a little fat in it. I bought the 92% lean and they could have used a little more moisture. My intention was to serve this with grilled polenta sticks but I realized when I returned from the store that I forgot to buy the pre-made polenta so I made my own on the stovetop. Really, it's endless how you can serve this ... with polenta, pasta, rice or on hoagies.

The best thing to report is that I discovered a brand new pre-made pasta sauce that was outstanding. I'll never buy Ragu again! The brand was called Mom's Pasta Sauce and I bought the traditional spaghetti sauce. Don't let your mouth hit the floor when you look at the price ... it's definitely more expensive than the mainstream Prego or Ragu but the quality of the sauce is exponentially better. Give it a try on your next pasta meal ... I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

1 lb. ground beef
2 T. water
1/3 c. seasoned breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten
1 jar (28 oz) spaghetti sauce

Mix ground beef, water, bread crumbs, and egg. Shape into 12 meatballs. Arrange in 2 qt. shallow microwave baking dish. Microwave on high 5 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink. Pour off fat. Pour spaghetti sauce over meatballs. Cover and microwave 3 minutes or more or until sauce is hot.

1 comment:

KAJ said...

that's what I'm talkin' about!! What a great meal!! I bet as a sandwich is to die for. My mouth is watering. We might have to try these tonight...