Italian Square Meatballs

Italian Square Meatballs

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"No-mess meatballs! Just pat the meat mixture into a pan and bake… This is a fantastic way to prepare meatballs as I hate mauling the hamburger to make them round balls (less handling of the meat). You can also put your own spin on this by adding the spices you prefer."

Ingredients 35 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 273 cals

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 273 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 15.4 g
  • 24%
  • Carbs:
  • 10.8g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 22.1 g
  • 44%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 117 mg
  • 39%
  • Sodium:
  • 446 mg
  • 18%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a 9x12-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Mix the egg and onion together in a mixing bowl. Add the ketchup and ground beef, then season with pepper, salt, Italian seasoning, and bread crumbs; combine until evenly blended. Place the mixture into the prepared pan, and pat into an 8-inch square. Use a table knife or metal spatula to cut the square into 6 vertical strips, then cut the strips horizontally into 6 pieces each for a total of 36 pieces. Do not separate the pieces, just press through the meat to separate it.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the meatballs are no longer pink in the center, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain off any grease, and separate the meatballs with a knife to serve.
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Footnotes

  • Cook's Note
  • Freeze the meatballs by separating them into recipe-size portions and placing in freezer containers or resealable freezer plastic bags. Freeze for up to 2 months. To thaw, microwave on Defrost for 4 to 6 minutes or until thawed.
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karen
9/29/2010

I tried this today and it was very easy and fast! I made some brown gravy and put them into it and served with mash potatoes and veggies. I also added some mexican spice with the italian spice and it was a great taste!

MARY5140
10/11/2010

Quite good for such an easy recipe. In the future I might add green pepper or garlic, but the flavor is very well balanced if made as described. 1lb. of beef doesn't go too far, so if you want to have extra for additional meals or have more than 2 people you want to feed more than twice off of this, you might want to double it. Time saving, and a good idea.

kristieut
2/17/2011

Love how easy and effective this was! My girls just discovered meatballs and I have been buying them in the frozen section. I wanted something easy to make where I control the ingredients. The technique is ingenious and it will be a staple in my house. I look forward to playing with ingredients. I tripled this recipe and will be freezing many of them. Thanks again!