These deliciousoven Baked Beef Meatballs are flavour-packed, simple to prepare and ideal to serve with so many dishes! Seasoned to perfection with garlic, parsley and oregano, these Baked Italian Meatballs are sure to become a much-loved family favourite recipe.
1cupfresh breadcrumbs - I use white sandwich bread and process to crumbs in a food processorSee Note 2
2clovesgarlic - minced
⅓cupParmesan cheese - freshly grated See Note 3
1egg - beaten
¼cupflat-leaf parsley - finely chopped
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper - to tasteSee Note 4
basil pesto or homemade tomato sauce
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C (355 F).Line two baking sheets with baking paper.
Prepare all of your ingredients as you will be mixing them all together at the same time.Make your breadcrumbs, freshly grate your Parmesan cheese and chop your garlic and parsley.
To a large bowl, add your ground beef mince and all of the other ingredients. Mix until well combined, but do not overmix.
Using a small ice cream scoop or 15ml tablespoon, scoop out the mixture. Roll into smooth balls.
Place the meatballs on the lined baking trays, allowing even spacing in between.
Bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until golden and just cooked through. (You can use a thermometer to check - the internal temperature should register 71 degrees C or 160 degrees F.)Serve warm with your favourite accompaniments.
Beef mince: I use lean beef mince, which is approximately 90% meat to 10% fat.
Breadcrumbs: I use white sandwich bread and blend it in a food processor to make breadcrumbs. I always make extra and freeze - they are great to have on hand!
Parmesan cheese: For the best flavour, always use good quality, freshly grated Italian parmesan. Avoid that which is pre-grated, as it may contain additives and not combine as well with the meatball mixture.
Seasoning: always ensure that you use adequate seasoning. To check that the seasoning is to your taste, take a small amount of the mixture and cook it in a small frying pan before rolling the meatballs.