Baked Meatballs

These delicious Baked Meatballs make the perfect addition to pasta night! Ground beef, Italian sausage, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese with fresh basil mixed together then form little balls of goodness that are baked, not fried.

A side view of cooked Italian meatballs.

I want to say that I make these meatballs every time I make pasta. It would be great to say, ‘This is a beloved recipe that my grandmother handed down to me.’ But I want to be honest with you, so I will. I just started making this recipe exactly one month ago.

While baking meatballs is my preferred way to make meatballs, I didn’t have a good recipe that went with spaghetti sauce. The usual grainy, bland and just plain yuck meatballs that I quickly make don’t leave any impression at all. Except for my 5-year-old, he LOVES spaghetti and meatballs, so for him, I felt like I really needed to up my game.

Baked Italian meatballs on a baking sheet, cut in half showing the inside of one.

After playing with a few different versions, this baked meatball recipe was by far the best and little kidapproved!

So what made the difference from these and the other meatballs I had made before?

What I had run across before was when I used breadcrumbs for the meatballs, they came out mealy. Soaking the breadcrumbs in milk before mixing them into the meat totally solved this problem. Soak the 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs in 1/4 cup milk for 5 minutes before adding the other ingredients.

How to make meatballs using breadcrumbs.

What is a good meat mixture for making baked meatballs?

Prior to this, I was just using ground beef. Boring! So I added half ground beef (80/20 mixture) and half Italian sausage. No longer boring.

Want some un-boring ground beef recipes?

After soaking the breadcrumbs, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl with the soaked breadcrumbs add the two cheese, egg, seasoning, garlic, and chopped basil.

Steps for meatball mixture then placing them on baking sheet.

Add the two types of meat then form into 1 to 2-inch balls. I like them on the smaller size and this recipe makes about 35 meatballs. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes and serve with cooked pasta and your choice of sauce. I love Trader Joe’s Red Lentil pasta and traditional sauce. And here you are…..

Baked meatballs on a sheet pan with spaghetti and sauce off to the side.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Instagram | Bottom Left of the Mitten

*Affiliate links are included in this post. Please read my Discloser Policy.

Print Recipe
Baked Meatballs
Ground beef, Italian sausage, cheese, herbs, and fresh basil create little bites of delicious. Baked meatballs are the perfect way to upgrade pasta night!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef, Italian, Meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
meatballs
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef, Italian, Meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
meatballs
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Soak the 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs in 1/4 cup milk for 5 minutes before adding the other ingredients.
  2. After soaking the breadcrumbs, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In the bowl with the soaked breadcrumbs add the two cheese, egg, seasoning, garlic, and chopped basil.
  4. Add the two types of meat then form into 1 to 2-inch balls. I like them on the smaller size and this recipe makes about 35 meatballs. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes and serve with cooked pasta and your choice of sauce.

Fried Cheese Curds

Fried cheese curds are a Midwest pub staple that can easily be made right at home. Little balls of cheese fried until crunchy. Dip them into marinara sauce or ranch and you have an appetizer or snack that fills that cheese void you’ve been looking for.  

Fried Cheese Curds on a pan ready to eat!

We are on to the first Mitten Movie Night of the holiday season.  The tree is up, stockings are hung and I have to admit that I am getting pretty jazzed about it. Along with the holidays, Christmas movie watching and football playoffs you should always have a great snack on hand for that extra binge-worthy, lazy on the couch kinds of days.  That’s where these Fried Cheese Curds come into play.

What movie pairs well with fried cheese and beer?

In the mood for a new Christmas movie?  Check out The Christmas Chronicles on Netflix.  Kurt Russell as St. Nick is pretty genius casting.  Super cute and perfect to watch with the family.

What beer pairs well with Fried Cheese Curds?

The beer: Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co., Sconnie Smash

We just spent a wonderful few days for our youngest’s birthday in Wisconsin Dells.  Yes, Wisconsin Dells can still be fun in the winter.

While the town was pretty dead and not many businesses were open, we stayed at Mt. Olympus which had an indoor waterpark.  After a day of play, we hit Moosejaw Pizza & Brewing Co. for some great food (I even remade my favorite there, Portobello Mushroom Burger), homemade pop for the kids and a cold glass of beer for the adults.

I went with the Sconnie Smash.  This beer was part of the Sconnie Beer line. It was so tart and flavorful, almost tasted like cherry pop.  Before heading home we picked up a few 6 packs at the local liquor store.

Fried Cheese Curds on a pan and one with a bite taken out of it. A craft beer and sauce off to the side.

For these cheese curds, I made them in the way of Culver’s.  Some recipes call for using a batter but I like the breading on Culver’s curds so it was an easy decision of what method I would use.

Here is a pro-tip for making cheese curds:  It takes time!  Don’t plan on having these hot and ready in 20 minutes.  You are looking more like 3 hours.

How to make Fried Cheese Curds:

Open the package of cheese curds and place them on a plate.  Let them ‘sweat’ for about half an hour.

Set up an assembly line of 1 plate flour, 1 bowl of whisked eggs, 1 plate of breadcrumbs mixed with salt and Italian seasoning.

First, roll a cheese curd into the flour.

Steps and ingredients for making Fried Cheese Curds.

Next, dip the cheese curd into the egg.

Roll the cheese curd into the breadcrumb mixture.

Place on a large cookie sheet with a wire rack.  Continue with the rest of the curds.

Put the cookie sheet with the cheese curds into the freezer and let sit for 30-60 minutes.

Cheese curds on a cookie sheet going into the freezer.

Set up a frying assembly line.

In a cast iron pan add the oil.  Bring to frying level.  On another cookie sheet add paper towels.

Add about 10 curds to the pan and fry for about 40 seconds, then flip.  Fry another 10 seconds.

Remove and add to the paper towel sheet to drain.

Cheese curds on a pan and a pan on the stove with oil in it ready to fry the cheese curds.

Work these fried cheese curds in batches.

Once they are all cooked serve immediately with rach or my favorite, marinara sauce.

Make fried cheese curds and these burger & hot dog recipes:

And here you are…..

Fried Cheese Curds on a pan with a craft beer and sauces off to the side.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

InstagramMMN

Recipe adapted from CopyKat.com

*Affiliate links are included in this post. Please read my Discloser Policy.





Print Recipe


Fried Cheese Curds

These fried cheese curds are the perfect crunchy, cheesy treat you've been looking for! Breaded with a hint of Italian Seasoning then fried to crispy perfection. Serve with a side of sauce for dipping.

Fried Cheese Curds | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 90 minutes

Servings
servings


Ingredients

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 90 minutes

Servings
servings


Ingredients

Fried Cheese Curds | Bottom Left of the Mitten


Instructions
  1. Open the package of cheese curds and place them on a plate. Let them 'sweat' for about half an hour.

  2. Set up an assembly line of 1 plate flour, 1 bowl of whisked eggs, 1 plate of breadcrumbs mixed with salt and Italian seasoning.

  3. First, roll a cheese curd into the flour.

  4. Next, dip the cheese curd into the egg.

  5. Roll the cheese curd into the breadcrumb mixture.

  6. Place on a large cookie sheet with a wire rack. Continue with the rest of the curds.

  7. Put the cookie sheet with the cheese curds into the freezer and let sit for 30-60 minutes.

  8. Set up a frying assembly line. In a cast iron pan add the oil. Bring to frying level. On another cookie sheet add paper towels.

  9. Add about 10 curds to the pan and fry for about 40 seconds, then flip. Fry another 10 seconds.

  10. Remove and add to the paper towel sheet to drain.

  11. Work these fried cheese curds in batches.

  12. Once they are all cooked serve immediately with rach or my favorite, marinara sauce. Enjoy!

Cheesy Turkey Burger with Ranch

These Cheesy Turkey Burger with Ranch are extra crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Slather with ranch dressing for another level of deliciousness!

Cheesy Turkey Burgers on a plate with ranch and a craft beer off to the side.

Can you believe we are heading into the end of August already?  By now I am ready for it.  Not only are the kids heading back to school but it also is the beginning of Fall which is hands down my favorite time of year.  And what better way to kick it off?  By celebrating my birthday!

So this Mitten Movie Night I am kicking off my birthday weekend (yes I said weekend!) with a burger that I came up with over the Summer, a cheesy turkey burger smothered in ranch.

What beer pairs well with Cheesy Turkey Burger with Ranch?

The beer: Beach Cruiser from Latitude 42.

This week we are actually planning on taking our projector outside by the pool and watch a movie.  We’ve been wanting to do it but have had to wait for it to get darker earlier.  Finally, I think we’re good to go out around 9 pm but the weather has been cooler here so we will see how long it lasts.

A Cheesy Turkey Burgers with Ranch with a big bite take out of it and a craft beer off to the side.

How to make Cheesy Turkey Burger with Ranch:

For the burger mix everything together in a bowl and make 4 patties.  I love to cook my burgers in a cast iron skillet but a regular skillet will work just as well.  Add the oil and butter to the pan on medium heat and get it melted together.

Once the pan is well and heated place in burgers making sure not to let them touch.  Cook 5 minutes then flip and cook another 5 minutes.  Ten minutes should do the check but as always check to make sure it is cooked thoroughly through.

Ground turkey, cheese and seasonings in a bowl.

Recently I made these Crispy Dill Chicken Sandwiches from Yellow Bliss Road.  The dressing was so good!  The secret ingredient I think was dill pickle juice in it.

Combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, ranch, and pickle juice.

Ranch dip ingredients with a bowl of ranch dip mixed next to it.

Since the burgers are so crispy I did not toast the buns like I normally love to do.

Slice up some lettuce and tomato then add pickles.  Slather on the ranch.

And here you are….

Cheesy Turkey Burgers with Ranch on a plate with a craft beer off to the side.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

InstagramMMN

*Affiliate links are included in this post. Please read my Discloser Policy.

Janie and Jack Sale on Now

Cheesy Turkey Burgers with Ranch | Bottom Left of the Mitten #turkeyburger #ranch #burgerrecipe

Print Recipe
Cheesy Turkey Burger with Ranch
Cheesy Turkey Burger with Ranch makes the most flavorful burger ever. Cook these until extra crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Serve with ranch.
Cheesy Turkey Burgers with Ranch | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
burgers
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
burgers
Cheesy Turkey Burgers with Ranch | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. For the burger mix everything together in a bowl and make 4 patties.
  2. In a cast iron or regular skillet add the oil and butter to the pan on medium heat and get it melted together. Once the pan is well and heated place in burgers making sure not to let them touch.
  3. Cook 5 minutes then flip and cook another 5 minutes. Ten minutes should do the check but as always check to make sure it is cooked thoroughly through.
  4. for the homemade ranch combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, ranch powder and pickle juice.
  5. Add burger to a bun. Slice up some lettuce and tomato. Slather on the ranch. Enjoy!

Sheet Pan Salmon #SundaySupper

Sheet Pan Salmon is baked with a crunchy coating and roasted asparagus. This one-pan meal is so easy and delicious it will become your go-to weeknight dinner. 

Sheet Pan Salmon | Bottom Left of the Mitten

While I’ve never been one to cook seafood at home I decided to give it a spin since I’ve been wanting to add some fish to our diets.  The one that I have been making lately has been a huge hit at dinnertime and that’s what I like to call ‘Sheet Pan Salmon’.

To say that this dinner is family friendly would be an understatement.  My 10-year-old LOVES seafood.  I was a little worried what the 3-year-old would think since he can tend to be a picky eater but he gobbled up a few pieces I cut then asked for more.

Sheet Pan Salmon | Bottom Left of the Mitten

The fish that I used was on sale and already came seasoned with a spicy peppercorn marinade.  You can choose one already seasoned, it really added to the flavor of the dish and wasn’t overpowered by the topping I added.  This will take one average sized sheet pan.

How to make Sheet Pan Salmon:

Cover with tin foil then oil it so the fish doesn’t stick.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Wash and chop the asparagus (my favorite-check out my other Sunday Supper recipe Asparagus Soup), chop the onions then put them both in a bowl.  Drizzle with 1 Tbs oil, salt, and pepper.  Stir to coat all the veggies.

Now combine the ingredients for the creamy topping: mayo, Parmesan cheese, garlic, artichoke hearts, and lemon juice.

Sheet Pan Salmon | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Place the fish onto the greased sheet pan.

Take the asparagus mixture and layer around the salmon.  Spread the mayonnaise mixture on top the salmon.

For the crunchy topping, you can easily use breadcrumbs to top this off why not crush up some homemade croutons?  Place it all into the preheated oven and cook for 30 minutes.

I served this meal with some mashed sweet potatoes.  So sweet and creamy they were a perfect balance with the fish.

And here you…..

Sheet Pan Salmon | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Instagram | Bottom Left of the Mitten

I would like to thank this weeks Sunday Supper host Claire McEwen of Sprinkles & Spouts.  For more sensational seafood recipes check these out……

25+ Best Sunday Supper Seafood Recipes

Appetizers

Main Dishes

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Sheet Pan Salmon | Bottom Left of the Mitten #SundaySupper #salmon #seafood #bakedsalmon

Print Recipe
Sheet Pan Salmon
Sheet Pan Salmon is coated in a creamy sauce and topped with crunchy breadcrumbs. Baked in 30 minutes until flaky. A sheet pan supper for the whole family.
Sheet Pan Salmon | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Seafood
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Seafood
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Sheet Pan Salmon | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. On an average sized sheet pan. Cover with tin foil then oil it so the fish doesn't stick.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Wash and chop the asparagus, chop the onions then put them both in a bowl. Drizzle with 1 Tbs oil, salt and pepper. Stir to coat all the veggies.
  4. Combine the ingredients for the creamy topping: mayo, Parmesan cheese, garlic, artichoke hearts and lemon juice.
  5. Place the fish onto the greased sheet pan.
  6. Take the asparagus mixture and spread around the salmon.
  7. Spread the mayonnaise mixture on top the salmon.
  8. Cover the top with breadcrumbs or crushed croutons.
  9. Place it all into the preheated oven and cook for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Food Blog Theme from Nimbus
Powered by WordPress