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Friday, July 20, 2012

Meatballs in Caramelized Onion Gravy





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...These meatballs, especially when paired with buttered noodles or creamy mashed potatoes, have the makings of a fine family dinner. When my children were young, they shared my love for them and it seems their children have, in turn, inherited that errant gene that makes meatballs so appealing. This is a straight foreward recipe that is quick to put together. The thing that sets this dish apart from others like it, is the wonderful onion gravy the meatballs simmer in. This is an easy recipe to double or triple if you have a gang to feed. While the novelty quickly fades, young children love to assist with the meatballs, and you'll have a corp of assistants willing to assist you for the first 5 minutes or so. After that you'll probably be on your own, but their creations, which can range from pea to softball size meatballs, will inspire you. I do hope you'll try this recipe. Here's how the meatballs and their gravy are made.

Meatballs in Caramelized Onion Gravy...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
1-1/4 lbs lean ground beef, room temperature
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup panko
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided use
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided use
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 very large (softball size) onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons flour
2 (10.5-oz.) cans condensed beef broth
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
salt, to taste

Directions:
1) Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Place a wire cooling rack on a baking sheet and coat with nonstick cooking spray.
2) Place bread crumbs (panko) and buttermilk in a small bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes. Add eggs, garlic salt, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Mix well.
3) Place ground beef in a large bowl. Add egg mixture and mix to combine. Form into 40 meatballs, about 1 level tablespoon each. Place on prepared rack over baking sheet. Bake meatballs for 20 minutes.
4) Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, cover pan, and cook, shaking pan occasionally, until onions have wilted, about 10 minutes. Remove cover and cook until onions area deep golden brown, about 20 minutes longer. Sprinkle flour over mixture, stir and cook for 1 minute. Gradually add about 2 cups of condensed beef broth, stirring until flour is completely incorporated into liquid. Bring contents of pan to a simmer. Stir in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and the nutmeg. Add salt to taste. Return meatballs to skillet, lower heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until meatballs are heated through. Serve with mashed potatoes or buttered noodles. Yield: 4 to 5 servings.







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25 comments :

Sue/the view from great island said...

I never met a meatball I didn't like, I'm bookmarking this!

Ellen B Cookery said...

Meatballs are classic. Love the recipe!

David said...

Pam, I love meatballs, Swedish, Italian, German, whatever... Not into the Onion Gravy though. (My better half would love the gravy!) But, meatballs in a nice gravy with mashed potatoes, noodles or rice are winners in my book! Real Comfort Food! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Wasilla said...

I have ALWAYS been a big meatball fan, so this recipe is perfect.....excellent!!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I have not made meatballs in years, time I tried them again. This recipe looks perfect. Thanks. Have a great day. Diane

safire said...

I love meatballs LOL! There's a NYC restaurant dedicated to them in all forms.

These look DELICIOUS almost like swedish meatballs :)

anne said...

These meatballs look scrumptious ! I just love meatballs especially the one in Ikea ! lol Though come to think of it , yours looks way better ! ;D Will take some of that with rice !

Kay @ The Church Cook said...

My greatest weakness, good meatballs! Love how you use the panko to make the panade, Mary! This looks fabulous!

rebecca @ beurrista said...

We will love this dish! I like how you bake the balls while you're making the gravy. Can't wait to try.

Big Dude said...

You had me at meatballs and the onion gravy makes it sound outstanding.

Kim Garceau said...

This really is like a childhood recipe. I like it and I bookmark it to prepare it soon!!!

Jenn said...

The name alone made my mouth water... then I saw the picture!!! When I was a kid I probably would have turned my nose up to the onion gravy.. now... Oh, now I would devour these in seconds!

Priya said...

Mouthwatering here, wat a super irresistible dish.

Penny said...

Another great recipe Mary. I am following closely because we have a houseful coming soon. Made and posted about your tortilla pie. Thanks.

Pondside said...

I'm sending this one right off to my son, who is the chief cook in his family. I know he'll love it.

Suzie said...

Love meatballs! Yours always look so mouth watering too :)

Dining Alone said...

Those look so perfect, I love meatballs too. Have a wonderful weekend!

Tricia @ saving room for dessert said...

I bet this dish could make a lot of people happy at my house. These meatballs look so tender and delicious. Have a great weekend.

StephenC said...

Bookmark activated for these meatballs. Must wait for cooler weather. 95 in the shade calls for cold soups and salads at our house.

Kathy said...

Oh these would be a huge hit with my grandkids….perfectly friendly kid food! And perfect for all the grownups, too!! Yummy!

France@beyondthepeel said...

I love that you included nutmeg here. Subtle yet magic.

Eileen said...

I have always loved meatballs. This sounds wonderful Another great one to pin. :)

sweetcarolinescooking.com said...

I was already hooked after just reading the title of the recipe. And then I see the photo...oye, looks amazing! I don't even think I'd need a side dish with these meatbealls, they would be delicious on their own! :)

Pan stands and racks said...

Meatballs bring out the inner Snuffy in me and in my children too. And I agree paired with creamy mashed potato - delicious supper it is! I am definitely trying your recipe for dinner. Cheers.

Lora said...

I love caramelized onions so much I would eat them on top of ice cream. I love this recipe!

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