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    25 mins

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    20 mins

    winkki's Note:

    This is originally from the Betty Crocker cookbook. My 3rd and 4th grade daughters are learning to cook and this is simple enough for them, but turns out well enough to serve to guests. (When they use this recipe, they usually sub 1/4-1/2 tsp onion powder for the chopped onion.) It's also a very versatile recipe: sometimes we also add other spices -- oregano, basil, thyme for Italian food or cinnamon and mint for Greek food.) We always oven-bake these, though there are also pan-fry and microwave options in the cookbook that we've not tried. Also good to cook ahead and freeze for later use.

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    1. 1
      Combine all ingredients and shape into 20-24 meatballs (1 to 1-1/2 inches each).
    2. 2
      To oven bake: Place in ungreased 9x13 pan (you may want to line it with foil for easier clean-up).
    3. 3
      Bake 20-25 min or until light brown and cooked through; turn meatballs halfway through, if desired, to help maintain a round shape.
    4. 4
      To pan fry: Cook in skillet on medium heat, turning as needed, until brown (approx 20 min).
    5. 5
      To microwave: Place in micro-proof 12x7 pan and cover loosely.
    6. 6
      Micro on high for 3 minutes; rearrange meatballs.
    7. 7
      Cover again loosely and micro until brown inside, approx 5-7 min more.
    8. 8
      Let stand covered for 3 minutes.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 29, 2013


      LOVE these meatballs! They are so easy to make and so yummy! I usually make these for meatball subs but want to make them for spaghetti and meatballs also. Next time ground beef goes on sale I'm going to buy a whole bunch and make some to freeze.

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    • on February 22, 2012


      WoW! So excited to find this recipe. My 8 year old son LOVES meatballs and I have never made them. We did it together last night. He loved mixing up the ingredients and forming the meatballs. We baked them in the oven and they turned out beautiful. The best part was that they were delicious! My entire family loved them. My son was so proud of his delicious dish! We will absolutely be making them again. Thank you for this easy, great recipe!

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    • on July 15, 2011


      I followed the recipe as written, and loved how simple it was. They are great for the picky grandkids. They gobbled them up. I made extra to give them to take back home with them. Thanks for posting it.

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    Nutritional Facts for Easy Basic Meatballs

    Serving Size: 1 (694 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 55.3
    Calories from Fat 29
    Total Fat 3.2 g
    Saturated Fat 1.2 g
    Cholesterol 20.9 mg
    Sodium 34.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 2.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    Sugars 0.2 g
    Protein 4.1 g

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