Baked Meatballs

Baked Meatballs

A triple-meat blend is the secret to these always-moist baked meatballs, the ultimate culinary multitaskers for carnivores.

They can be small or big. They can be built upon beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb, or any combination thereof including fish. They can be stuffed or coated, lavishly seasoned or simply salted, and when it comes time to meet the heat, meatballs can be roasted, baked, simmered, sautéed, braised, fried, or grilled.

I often make up big batches of these guys, bake ’em, cool, and freeze ’em in muffin pans, then transfer to heavy-duty zip-top bags for storage. They’ll keep for up to six months and can be revived simply by simmering for a few minutes in a pot of sauce or soup.

This recipe first appeared in Season 9 of Good Eats.

Baked Meatballs

  • 8 ounces (227 grams) ground pork butt
  • 8 ounces (227 grams) ground lamb shoulder
  • 8 ounces (227 grams) ground beef round
  • 5 ounces (142 grams) frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  1. Heat the oven to 400ºF.
  2. Combine the pork, lamb, beef, spinach, cheese, egg, basil, parsley, garlic powder, salt, red pepper flakes, and 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs in a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, mix until all ingredients are well incorporated. Use immediately or place in refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  3. Place the remaining 1/4 cup of bread crumbs into a small bowl. Cover a scale with plastic wrap, weigh meatballs into 1 1/2-ounce (43-gram) portions, and place on a half-sheet pan. Using clean hands, shape the meatballs into rounds, roll in the breadcrumbs, and place in miniature muffin tin cups. Bake until golden and cooked through, about 20 minutes.

Hardware: Digital kitchen scale, miniature muffin tin

Yield: 20 meatballs (4 to 5 servings)

Active time: 20 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes


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    I’ve been using this recipe for years, and make these meatballs about 3 times a year, in big batches, to freeze. I double the recipe with everything except the meats. Instead I use 1 lb. each of 88/12 ground beef, ground turkey, and ground pork. I also add about 1/2 cup chicken stock to moisten the mixture. Bake 2 dozen at a time on a rack sitting on a foil lined pan. Meatball perfection!

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