Ballin’ Out Recipes

Chow down on with these tasty foods that come in the shape of balls!

Spaghetti Balls

Ingredients:

For the Meat Sauce:
1 tsp each: salt, basil, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp sugar
2 bay leaves
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. Italian sausage
2 (29oz) cans tomato sauce
2 tbsp tomato paste

For the Spaghetti Balls:
4 cups cooked and cooled spaghetti noodles
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp pesto sauce
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
Vegetable oil for frying

Directions:
For the Meat Sauce:

  1. In a large pot, brown the ground beef and sausage. Ensure that the meat is not pink. Then drain the excess fat.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to pan, stir and bring to a slight bubble.
  3. Once the sauce bubbles, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Season to your liking, and remove bay leaves before serving.

For the Spaghetti Balls:

  1. Heat cooking oil (at least 2 inches deep) to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine all the ingredients (except the oil) in a large bowl. Use your hands to incorporate.
  3. To scoop out portion of your spaghetti mixture, use a sharp-edged ice cream scoop. Press against the side of the bowl to cut off any straggling noodles. Release the ball into your hand, and press tightly to secure it.
  4. Gently place the ball in hot oil and let cook until golden brown on all sides. Use a slotted spoon to remove and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Please don't overcrowd your fryer; only do 3 to 4 balls at a time.
  5. Serve with your favorite spaghetti sauce and a sprinkle of fresh Parmesan on top!

Spinach Balls

Ingredients:
2 TSP dried oregano
Handful fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped (optional)
1 LB (16 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed & drained well
1 1/2 cups (about 175 grams) breadcrumbs of any sort
3 TBSP all-purpose gluten-free flour
6 TBSP unsalted butter, melted & cooled
3 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
6 oz grated cheddar cheese (or other hard cheese, grated)
3 oz finely grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter, eggs, cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese until combined well.
  3. Add the oregano by holding it in the palm of one hand and rubbing it with your other hand to release the oils in the dried herb.
  4. Add the (optional) parsley, and mix to combine. Add the spinach and breadcrumbs, and mix until it comes together.
  5. Incorporate flour into the mixture, one tablespoon at a time.
  6. Roll the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls. Place on a rimmed, nonstick baking sheet 1 inch apart.
  7. Place in the center of the preheated oven and bake, for about 15 minutes or until the balls have begun to brown on the bottom and are cooked through, rotating once during baking. They will expand a bit during baking because of the eggs in the mixture.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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