Saturday, December 29, 2012

Joe's Fabulous Meatballs!!!~~~

 Hello my friends! Today was a VERY lazy day for me, and I think I needed it. I have been fighting off SOMETHING and needed some down time. BUT, Joe spent all day cooking. He made his amazing meatballs, and I did help clean up, then he had his home made manicotti in the freezer so we had meatballs and manicotti for dinner. I am a LUCKY girl! He added spinach to the manicotti this time and I LOVED it. I will post the manicotti recipe on another post.
 We shared part of a bottle of red wine that our former neighbors brought us yesterday. It was delicios too. Do you like my animal print wine glasses? They are my faves:):)
My wish for you all is a happy, healthy and blessed new year. So looking forward to all that is in store for 2013. XO, PinkyHere is the recipe for the meatballs:
2 lbs. 80% lean ground beef (but he uses the meatloaf mix)
2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. chili flakes
1/2 tsp. fennel seed, ground
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1 TBLS. oregano, chopped
1 cup fresh ricotta cheese
2 eggs
2 Tbls. olive oil
1-preheat oven to 450 degrees
2-combine all of the ingredients except the olive oil in a large mixing bowl and mix by hand til thoroughly incorporated
3-drizzle the olie oil into a 9 by 12 baking dish to coat, we use a paper towel
4- roll the mixture into round balls making sure to apck the meat firmly
5- place the ballsinto the baking dish evenly in rows (we do 4 rows of 6)
6- roast til cooked through, about 20 mins.
7- when the meatballs are raosting, heat 4 cups of marinara sauce in a small pot.
8- when the meatballs are firm and fully cooked, drain the excess grease from the pan. Pour the sauce over the meatballs and continue roasting them for 14 mins. MANGA!!!! and ENJOY!!!!!
 Linking to these parties:

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday~

Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up~

StoneGable for On the Menu Monday~

Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday~

2805 for Potpourri Friday~

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~


  1. Looks and sounds delish! Yes, I'd say you were very lucky. :)

    Hope you feel much better soon.

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  3. Fabulous! I've been waiting for this recipe!!! Those meatballs sound scrumptious! Happy New Year dear friend! xo

  4. Wow, these sounds and looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I'm not feeling so great right now and a friend of mine is sick to. Must be something going around. Hope you are feeling better soon, Pinky. I know you're in good hands with Joe taking care of you. :)

  5. Oh everything sounds sooooooo good. I will have to try the recipe. I hope you have a very Blessed, Properous, Healthy and Happy New Year. Hugs, Marty

  6. Pinky,
    . . .and a man who cooks...lucky lady indeed!!!
    Hope I didn't pass my viral bug your way, dear friend!!!
    Have a Happy New Year filled with health, prosperity and many new friendships @ your new home!!!

  7. Oh lovely Pinky! Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous, scrumptious and yummy recipes...I'm a total fan of manicotti and yeah, meatballs. Hope you feel better soon, as I am also under the weather! Wishing you and your lovely family a great and blessed 2013.

  8. Thanks for sharing Joe's wonderful recipe!....will be making that soon!!....Looks wonderful....Happy New Year...may it be most happy, healthy and prosperous!!

  9. Looks delish. I don't think I've ever seen ricotta in a meatball recipe. Maybe that's the secret.

    - The Tablescaper

  10. I sure hope you kicked whatever it was that was making you feel bad.
    Your Joe sounds like a sweetie and a good cook. You ARE blessed!! :)
    Happy New Year.

  11. This looks delicious - can't wait to try. Wishing you all the best in 2013!!

  12. YUM!!! This looks sooo good! Hope you're feeling better soon.

  13. Hi Pinky!

    I hope you are feeling better!

    Please thank Joe for making these and for sharing his secret recipe too. I never thought of adding the sauce to the meatballs in the oven. I always add the meatballs from the oven to the sauce on the stove!

    Roasting the sauce makes it so much richer! GREAT idea!

    Happy New Year to you and your husband, Pinky.


  14. Joe's meatballs sound delicious, especially with the ricotta Pinky! Hope you're feeling better! Wishing you a Healthy & Happy New Year!

  15. I can't wait to try these!! I have been in search of a good meatball recipe!!

  16. Happy New Year! Wow, this recipe sounds fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing it with us! Unlike you, I was VERY LATE to Alison's party!!! :/

    Ricki Jill

  17. Hi Pinky,
    I just printed the meatball recipe to make this week.
    They look delish!


Thanks you for leaving your lovely comments. xo, Pinky

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