Making Meatballs — Photos

This week’s cooking projects from my collection of recipes included yet more zucchini with a tomato, onion, and bacon sauce — mom was pleased to yet again eat a tasty dish and have some leftover sauce — and the subject of this post, my meatballs.

I normally keep cooked meatballs in the freezer for use with pasta dishes such as spaghetti, or eat them on their own along with other foods.

I have no recollection of why I chose to add peas, corn, or rice to the mix when I began making these meatballs many years ago, other than presumably at the time I thought that their addition was a good idea, and that incidentally doing so helped make more meatballs with the same amount of ground beef; as for the onions and egg, I have always liked onions with ground beef, and the egg acts as a binding agent to help keep the meatballs together, especially while cooking.

Making the meatballs:

A mixing bowl was placed on a kitchen scale, and the kitchen scale was set to zero:

Mixing bowl on a kitchen scale, which was set to zero

Two pounds of ground beef were measured out:

Two pounds of ground beef measured out

The bowl of ground beef was put aside for a moment.

An onion was taken out:

Onion taken out

The onion was cleaned and trimmed:

Onion cleaned and trimmed

The onion was sliced thinly:

Onion sliced thinly

The onion was then chopped somewhat finely:

Onion chopped somewhat finely

The chopped onion was transferred to the mixing bowl with the ground beef:

Chopped onion added to the mixing bowl with the ground beef
Chopped onion added to the mixing bowl with the ground beef

An egg was taken out:

Egg taken out.

The egg was cracked into the mixing bowl:

Egg cracked into the mixing bowl
Egg cracked into the mixing bowl

Frozen peas were measured out:

Frozen peas measured out

The frozen peas were added to the mixing bowl:

Frozen peas added to the mixing bowl

Since I didn’t have any frozen corn kernels on hand, I separated out some corn kernels from a bag of frozen mixed vegetables:

Frozen kernel corn measured out

The frozen kernel corn was added to the mixing bowl:

Frozen kernel corn added to mixing bowl
Frozen kernel corn added to mixing bowl

Rice was measured out:

Rice measured out

The rice was added to the mixing bowl:

Rice added to the mixing bowl
Rice added to the mixing bowl

Salt was measured out:

Salt measured out

…. and the salt was added to the mixing bowl:

Salt added to the mixing bowl
Salt added to the mixing bowl

The ingredients were thoroughly mixed together by hand:

Ingredients mixed by hand

An electric skillet was turned on (as well as a stove burner for my cast iron skillet for the meatballs that wouldn’t fit in the electric skillet):

Electric skillet turned on

The meat mix was formed into balls from 1-1/2″ to 2″ in diameter, which were placed in the electric skillet (as well as a cast iron skillet off camera), with enough spacing between them to allow for easier manipulation later when turning them over:

Balls of meat mix formed and placed in an electric skillet

As each side of the meatballs were cooked, the meatballs were turned over to cook on another side …

Meatballs turned over to cook on another side

… and the meatballs were turned over again to cook yet on another side:

Meatballs tuned over yet again; note second skillet of cooking meatballs

When the meatballs were fully cooked …

Fully cooked meatballs

… the meatballs were transferred to a cookie baking sheet, somewhat spread apart from each other to allow for quicker cooling in the freezer …

Cooked meatballs placed on cookie baking sheet

… and the cookie baking sheet with the meatballs was placed in the freezer to cool the meatballs and begin to freeze the meatballs:

Cookie baking sheet of meatballs placed in freezer

A clean, resealable freezer bag was re-labeled to reflect the new contents, meatballs of course:

Freezer bag re-labelled

Once partly frozen, the meatballs were placed in the freezer bag:

Meatballs placed in freezer bag

… and the bag of yummy meatballs was placed in the freezer for future eating.

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