I finally figured out how to make insanely delicious meatballs. I've made many a meatball in my day and tried a ton of combinations of ingredients. All beef. All pork. A mixture of beef and pork. Regular bread crumbs. Panko bread crumbs. Corn Flakes. Bread soaked in milk. Oh, and pan frying them was extremely important to me. I had never baked a meatball in the oven. Didn't understand it.
Then one day, I decided on a whim to use 80/20 ground beef and ground Italian sausage. And BLAMO! I fell in love with this flavor combination. I winged it with some other ingredients until I hit my meatball stride.
When I combined all my ingredients and thought of cooking them in a pan, as I always had, it didn't sit well with my brain. So I grabbed a couple sheet pans and some parchment paper and baked my meatballs for the first time in my life. It was such a relief really - no more standing over a pan turning the meatballs individually which creates an uneven triangular-circle-type meatball. I stuck them in the oven and let go of so much unnecessary maintenance.
The result was pure joy and the best meatball I ever made. This recipe is easy to put together and the meatballs freeze very well. So convenient if you want to have spaghetti and meatballs for dinner and freeze the rest for meatball subs the next week. And what would an insanely delicious meatball be without a great spaghetti sauce? Be sure to check out my sauce too. This is my mom's recipe and it is too die for. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!