When I cook meatballs, I prefer to put them on a lightly greased broiler pan in the oven so that the fat & grease drop to the bottom. Then I usually add it to whatever sauce or gravy I’m incorporating into the recipe. When I came across this recipe on Will Cook For Smiles, I was intrigued. How could I keep all that garlic & rosemary flavor in a broiler pan? I decided that I should just go for it & see how the recipe turned out. Obviously, it was excellent since I’m sharing it with you today.
The original recipe called for fresh roasted garlic to be put in the meatballs. I decided to use minced garlic instead & the garlic taste still came through, especially after roasting the formed meatballs with fresh garlic cloves.
Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a 13×9 pan.
Form the meatballs by combining ground beef, ground pork, egg, bread crumbs, onions, minced garlic, fresh Rosemary, pepper & Worcestershire sauce.
After fully combined, make into meatballs about 1.5 inches.
They will fit snugly in the pan, as you can see from my picture, mine just fit into the pan.
Stick individual garlic cloves & fresh rosemary sprigs among formed meatballs in the pan.
Cover with aluminum foil & bake for 35 minutes.
Remove aluminum foil & cook for another 10-15 minutes.
Cut your largest meatball in half to ensure that it is cooked thoroughly.
I paired this with a salad, a good chunk of bread & some noodles tossed in olive oil, oregano & grated Parmesan cheese.
Roasted Rosemary & Garlic Meatballs
1 large egg
½ C Italian bread crumbs
½ yellow onion, minced
1 T minced garlic cloves
1 sprig fresh rosemary, minced
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Black pepper, to taste
4-5 fresh rosemary sprigs
6 raw garlic cloves
1-2 T olive oil for pan
Preheat oven to 350 & prepare a 13×9 pan with olive oil.
Combine ingredients to make meatballs.
Form into 1-1/2 tsp size and place in prepared pan.
They will fit snugly in the pan.
Cover with individual rosemary sprigs and raw garlic cloves.
Cover pan with aluminum foil & bake for 35 minutes.
Remove foil, continue to bake another 10-15 minutes or until cooked through.