Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sausage Meatballs

I got this idea from the "Real Mom Kitchen" blog but modified it, based on last week's farmers market finds!  For those that don't know, I regularly work for the Dupont Circle Farmers Market, in Washington DC.  So last week, I bought some of the mild Italian loose sausage from EcoFriendly Foods.  I was initially considering some sort of wheat-free quiche or egg-bake, but then saw this recipe for meatballs, and decided to try that instead.

Now, I had never made meatballs before or really eaten them, growing up, but I love sausage so I had to try them.

*  1 lb of loose sausage (uncooked)
*  1 tsp of oregano
*  1/2 tsp of crushed red pepper
*  1 egg
*  1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
*  1/4 cup finely chopped onion
*  1/2 tsp salt
*  1/2 tsp pepper

1.  Preheat the oven to 350F
2.  In a large bowl, beat the egg til it lightens in color
3.  Gently add sausage, oregano, crushed red pepper, Parmesan, chopped onion, salt and pepper, and mix
4.  Using your hands, make 1 1/2 inch meat balls and place on a baking sheet (line with tin foil or wax paper for easy clean-up) approximately 2 inches apart
5.  Bake for 20 minutes
6.  Serve with marinara sauce (or with spaghetti, but since he can't eat noodles, I just served them with tomato sauce)

We both really liked these, and they didn't upset his stomach at all.  Success!

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