Call it a combination, or a really huge argument with my kids. They wanted meatloaf, I didn’t. Me, I wanted meatballs. So after a long stand off with the kids, I slapped two recipes together for this one. So it is new, and here it is.
If you like meatballs & meatloaf it’ll be good 🙂 You can make these into patties or meatballs or even mini meatloafs,
I still have no idea what to call it, I’m still sipping my coffee, so let me think about it 🙂
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 cup tomato sauce or pizza sauce what ever you like, you can use prepared prego, ragu, whatever you have on hand really, it adds more flavor. Plus more for topping.
( I used basil & onion tomato sauce that someone made me last year,!)
1 medium sized diced sauteed onions (or non if you don’t want them)
2tsp dried minced garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
Pepper to you taste.
1/3 cup bread crumbs
sliced mozzarella cheese or even swiss
Go ahead and combine all of it together, get your kids to dig their clean hands in there and mix it up:-) I told them it was brains and sent them running. Just kidding..;-)
Now you can shape this up anyway you want, make a loaf if you want, make patties like burger, make meat malls, heck you can make all three 🙂
*For patties- You can broil them, line with foil & spray a broiler pan and place them 6in under broiler for about 5-6mins on each side or under they run clear, basting with the extra sauce. Top it with cheese & take it out when the cheese starts melting. (you can cook them in a preheated oven 375 for about 35-40 minutes or until juices run clear, before placing it into the oven top with extra sauce & just add cheese the last minute)
*For mini Loaves like a meatloaf- use a 9×13 baking dish . Preheat the oven to 375, Shape into 3 mini loaves top with extra sauce, bake uncovered for about 35 minutes or until juice runs clear. Top with cheese till it melts. You can add veggies in the baking dish as well, to cook at the same time.
*for meat balls- foil & spray a 9×13 baking dish. Place shaped meatballs into the dish topped with extra sauce & cook in a preheated oven of 375 until juice run clear about 35 minutes. Put sliced cheese on a roll & top with meatballs & extra sauce. Enjoy!
Pretty darn simple, and you can change it up however you like it. I used a meatloaf recipe my mother sent me & a recipe I’ve used for ever that make patties 🙂