Yay for tangy, delicious, take a dozen and throw ’em in your freezer meatballs!
My grandma was kind enough to share this recipe with me after I devoured a dozen of them this last Christmas. I’m honestly kind of a mess when it comes to appetizers in general, so no shock there, but there’s something addictive about these when they’re coated in that sweet, tangy sauce that keeps making me want to grab “just one more.”
This recipe makes A LOT of meatballs. I was going to cut it in half, but I ended up making the whole thing and I’m glad I did. I gave Paul a dozen to take to work for snacks for the week, and two dozen went in the freezer. I’ll pull them out for an easy appetizer when my family comes to visit over Easter. My grandma ensured me that they freeze well, and she is an honest woman so we can all just take her word for it.
These meatballs are really simple to make, as almost all meatballs are. You simply combine your ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. Note: use a very large bowl if you are going to make the full recipe. After you’ve formed four dozen meatballs, throw them in the oven and let them cook. Your sauce comes together in just a few minutes. You can start it a little bit before your meatballs are done so that it’s ready to go when they come out of the oven. When your timer goes off, coat the meatballs with the sauce and throw them back in the oven for round two. Done!
You’ll have party ready meatballs in an hour. And if you’re a dork like me you can indulge in my new favorite pastime, which is listening to an audio book while cooking. Or really while I do anything. Seriously…I’m obsessed. Paul and I started listening to one when we went to Wisconsin the other weekend, and we’ve both been hooked since. If anyone is looking for a fantastic read, we just finished the Wayward series and Dark Matter, all by Blake Crouch. It’s not often that I use the word “riveting” without a hint of sarcasm, but these are MIND BLOWING. I don’t know when we turned into an old married couple who listens to books together in their free time, but I don’t even care. That being said, I need new recommendations! With my 45 minute commute I’m flying through these babies.
- FOR THE MEATBALLS
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups old fashion oats
- 1 12 oz can evaporated milk
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp pepper
- 3 lbs lean ground beef
- FOR THE SAUCE
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup chopped onion
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 375°
- In a large bowl beat eggs
- Add oats, milk, chopped onion, salt, garlic powder, pepper, and beef and mix well
- Shape into 1 in. balls
- Place on two baking pans (2 dozen on each)
- Bake for 30 minutes or until juice runs clear
- While the meatballs are cooking you can make your sauce by bringing the ketchup, brown sugar, chopped onion, and garlic powder to a boil
- When the meatballs are done, remove them from the oven and pour the sauce over the meatballs making sure they are all coated
- Place the saucy meatballs back in the oven for another 15 minutes