Basic Meatballs

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Recipe Created By: Karen Eck


4 eggs OR 1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1 cup milk or dairy-free milk alternative
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
4 lb ground beef


Saute onion on medium-low heat first to soften it up. In large bowl, beat eggs *OR* pour in oil. Stir in bread/Rice Krispie crumbs until well combined. Stir in milk, onion, parsley, salt, mustard. Add meat and knead with wet hands until well blended.

Form meat into balls and place on large greased cookie sheet. Bake in 400 °F oven for about 25 minutes or until browned.


With slotted spoon, transfer meatballs to trays, spacing balls so they are not touching. Let cool, then freeze until firm. Package in heavy plastic bags or other container and store in freezer.


Adapted from “The Canadian Living Cookbook”, (c) 1987


Eggs can be replaced by 1-2 Tbsp olive oil.

Bread crumb can be replaced by crushed Rice Krispies type cereal. Be sure the crumbs are safe for your needs.

Use any type of safe milk substitute.

1 Tbsp dry parsley can be substituted in place of the fresh parsley.

Ground turkey or chicken can be substituted in place of the ground beef.

Egg Substitutions: There are many egg-free products and foods available to make your recipes free of eggs. Find out more about egg substitutions.
Gluten: Gluten is a protein found in specific grains (wheat, spelt, kamut, barley, rye). Other grains are naturally gluten-free but may have cross-contact with gluten-containing grains. Look for certified gluten-free products if you need to avoid gluten. Find out more about wheat and gluten substitutions.
Milk and Soy Substitutions: Alternative dairy-free milk beverages and products will work in most recipes. Find out more about milk substitutions and soy substitutions.

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