I used 500 grams of very lean mince/ground beef and used the panko crumbs and for dietary and likable reasons used spring onion for the onion and used micro grated cheddar for the parmesan cheese (that was the likable one) but otherwise made as per recipe. I weighed my meatballs out and got 23 30 gram meatballs from the mix which took 35 minutes to bake at 175C fan forced, if I were going to put them into a sauce I would only cook them for 15 to 20 minutes (more than likely closer the 20 minute) as that would finish cooking them but in this case I poured the meat sauce over them but have to be honest would have preferred to have put them in the sauce as they were a little dry but still quite flavoursome (OMG just at this very point as I am reviewing I realized I did not put in the milk but in all honesty I think it may have made the mix to sloppy so maybe 1 egg and the milk!) but still a very delicious meal and very well received. Oh I got 23 ball from the mix, thank you YnkyGrlDwndr, made for Aussie/Kiwi Recipe Swap #77 June 2013.
I made these and they were delicious! I did make a bunch of tweaks to suit my dietary allergies: I used almond milk instead of regular milk, nutritional yeast instead of Parmesan cheese. I also used 1/2 ground chicken 1/2 ground lean beef, only 1/2 C breadcrumbs and parsley instead of basil. Delicious!
My very hard to please, picky, meat loving man has been raving about these for 3 days now. The only difference I made was did 1/2 spicy Italian sausage 1/2 ground beef and put less basil bcs he's not a huge fan of basil. This recipe is a keeper! !!
This is a great, classic meatball recipe. Mine were anything but dry. A few suggestions would be to use a milk with some fat content, helps the meatballs stay juicy. Also, I've found with meatballs that it's very hard to over spice them. I like to add heavy portions (close to a tablespoon) of dried basil and oregano. Also, a hint (about a half of a teaspoon) of cinnamon does wonders for bringing out the natural flavors in beef. 10/10 will use this recipe as the foundation for all my future meatballs!
I have used this recipe for many months now and we all like them so much. I don't mess with the recipe, and they are always delicious. Thanks for sharing it!