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5-Ingredient Meatballs

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  • 30 min prep time
  • 60 min total time
  • 5 ingredients
  • 30 servings
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These large-batch freezer-friendly meatballs are great on their own, or added to your favorite recipes.

Gerry Speirs Gerry Speirs
February 8, 2016

Ingredients

1
lb bacon
3
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1
medium white onion, finely chopped
3
tablespoons dried oregano leaves
1/4
cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F.In ungreased baking pan with sides, arrange 1 lb bacon slices. Bake 10 to 15 minutes. Reserve bacon drippings in small bowl.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, place 3 lb lean ground beef, chopped 1 medium white onion, 3 tablespoons dried oregano leaves and 1/4 cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs.
  • 3 Chop bacon into very small pieces; add to beef mixture. Using clean hands, mix beef mixture, making sure all ingredients are evenly distributed. Portion into about 30 (2-oz) pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
  • 4 Place large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat; pour reserved bacon drippings into skillet. Add meatballs; cook about 3 minutes on each side or just until seared. (You may have to do this in batches.)
  • 5 Place skillet in 350°F oven; bake 30 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink in center.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F.In ungreased baking pan with sides, arrange 1 lb bacon slices. Bake 10 to 15 minutes. Reserve bacon drippings in small bowl.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, place 3 lb lean ground beef, chopped 1 medium white onion, 3 tablespoons dried oregano leaves and 1/4 cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs.
  • 3 Chop bacon into very small pieces; add to beef mixture. Using clean hands, mix beef mixture, making sure all ingredients are evenly distributed. Portion into about 30 (2-oz) pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
  • 4 Place large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat; pour reserved bacon drippings into skillet. Add meatballs; cook about 3 minutes on each side or just until seared. (You may have to do this in batches.)
  • 5 Place skillet in 350°F oven; bake 30 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink in center.

Expert Tips

If you prefer not to use your hands for mixing, a stand mixer is a great alternative.

You can halve the size of the meatballs and use them for appetizer recipes.

To freeze: Cook meatballs; allow to cool before placing in an airtight container and into the freezer.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
184.2
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15.1g
23%
Saturated Fat
5.5g
27%
Cholesterol
42.2mg
14%
Sodium
135.6mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
1.4g
0%
Dietary Fiber
0.2g
1%
Sugars
0.4g
Protein
9.9g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
0.50%
0%
Calcium
1.70%
2%
Iron
6.10%
6%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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