On Top of Old Smokey

Well, I think my meatballs turned out pretty good!  Here is the recipe:

  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 pound Jimmy Dean Sage sausage
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/3 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • splash of milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Here they are before getting in a smokin hot pan of 1/2 teaspoon oil and Pam:

I made them about golf ball size

I made them about golf ball size

Pan fried them so they got crispy on the outside:

not a whole lot of oil!  Nice!

not a whole lot of oil! Nice!

Once they were browned, I baked them in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes:

I baked them on a rack so they wouldn't bake in any grease

I baked them on a rack so they wouldn't bake in any grease

The final step was just to keep them warm in my marinara sauce – which looks strangely orange!

All together I had 5 ounces cooked penne pasta, 4 meatballs, sauce, sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and 1/2 slice of wheat garlic bread.  Yum!

Of course, I added crushed red pepper to my dish!

Of course, I added crushed red pepper to my dish!

My blood sugars were normal all day and I got a total of 75 minutes of exercise today – nice!

Hopefully tomorrow’s walk won’t be as chilly as this morning!  See you at breakfast!

9 thoughts on “On Top of Old Smokey

  1. I heard that crushed red pepper (or maybe it was red pepper flakes? whatever, same difference) raises your metabolism by something like 20% for an hour or so. It was in an article I read yesterday and now I can't find it. Kind of crazy ;)
  2. I've never pan-fried the meatballs first. It seems like too much of a splatter mess, but I do enjoy the bottom crunchy part that cooked on the pan - so I'd probably enjoy more of a crunchy outside. It is oddly orange - I thought it was some sort of squash sauce at first! Sometimes food looks so odd in pictures. I usually take a bunch of shots of the same thing and when I upload them pick the best one. The tiniest angle change or light difference can be HUGE in the capture.
  3. Mel
    Haha, your sauce does look orange, but I bet it tasted good. My boyfriend would be all over your meatballs, especially since they have sage sausage in them. I may just have to treat him to this recipe soon! Thanks!
  4. Meatballs on marinara sauce is perfect. I love meatballs as lunch, dinner or even a snack. I have learned how to make smooth meatballs with Ina Garten's show. Your recipe is a new addition to my meatballs recipe and I can't wait to cook your recipe. Now I’m hungry. Regards, John

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