Sausage Surprise! Turning Links Into Luscious Meatballs

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Who doesn’t love a good meatball? They’re versatile, comforting, and can be enjoyed in countless ways – pasta dishes, subs, appetizers, you name it. But have you ever considered using sausages to create your meatballs? It’s a fantastic way to add a burst of flavor and use up leftover sausages before they go bad.

This recipe takes your classic meatball recipe and gives it a delicious twist with readily available ingredients. It’s perfect for busy weeknights when you need a quick and satisfying meal, and it’s sure to become a family favorite.

Italian Sausage Meatballs - Marcellina In Cucina
Italian Sausage Meatballs – Marcellina In Cucina

Ingredients:

1 pound bulk sausage (Italian, breakfast, or your favorite flavor)

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (plain or Italian seasoned)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup milk (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.

    2. In a large bowl, combine the sausage meat (remove casings if using bulk sausage) with the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, beaten egg, parsley, onion, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well using your hands until everything is evenly incorporated.

    3. If the mixture seems too dry and difficult to form, add the milk one tablespoon at a time, mixing after each addition, until the mixture reaches a desired consistency – slightly sticky but manageable.

    4. Wet your hands slightly to prevent sticking. Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of the meatball mixture and roll it into a ball between your palms. Aim for uniform size for even cooking.

    5. Place the formed meatballs on the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between each one to allow for air circulation while baking.

    6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the meatballs are golden brown on the outside and cooked through on the inside. A toothpick inserted into the center of a meatball should come out clear with no traces of pink.

    7. Once cooked, remove the meatballs from the oven and let them cool slightly on the baking sheet before serving.

    Nutrition Facts:

    (Per serving, based on 12 meatballs)

    Calories: 250

  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 400mg
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 20g

  • Note: These are approximate nutrition facts and may vary depending on the type of sausage used and the brand of breadcrumbs.

    Conclusion:

    Sausage meatballs are a fantastic way to elevate your classic meatball recipe. They’re easy to make, require minimal ingredients, and can be easily customized to your taste preferences. This recipe provides a great foundation, but feel free to experiment with different types of sausages, herbs, and spices to create your own unique flavor combinations.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use ground meat instead of sausage?

    Absolutely! You can substitute 1 pound of ground beef, pork, or a combination for the bulk sausage. Adjust the seasonings accordingly, as ground meat may require a bit more salt and pepper.

    2. How can I make these meatballs healthier?

    Use leaner sausage varieties like chicken or turkey sausage.

  • Substitute half of the breadcrumbs with rolled oats for added fiber.
  • Bake the meatballs instead of frying them for a healthier cooking method.

  • 3. What’s the best way to reheat leftover meatballs?

    Leftover meatballs can be reheated in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through. Alternatively, you can reheat them gently in a skillet with a splash of broth or sauce to prevent drying out.

    4. How can I use these meatballs in different dishes?

    Serve them over pasta with your favorite sauce (marinara, Alfredo, etc.)

  • Toss them in a buffalo sauce for a spicy appetizer.
  • Add them to a meatball sub with your favorite toppings.
  • Use them in a soup or stew for a hearty and comforting meal.

  • 5. Can I freeze these meatballs?