On Top of Old Smokey

Well, I think my meatballs turned out pretty good!  Here is the recipe:

  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 pound Jimmy Dean Sage sausage
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/3 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • splash of milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Here they are before getting in a smokin hot pan of 1/2 teaspoon oil and Pam:

I made them about golf ball size

I made them about golf ball size

Pan fried them so they got crispy on the outside:

not a whole lot of oil!  Nice!

not a whole lot of oil! Nice!

Once they were browned, I baked them in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes:

I baked them on a rack so they wouldn't bake in any grease

I baked them on a rack so they wouldn't bake in any grease

The final step was just to keep them warm in my marinara sauce – which looks strangely orange!

All together I had 5 ounces cooked penne pasta, 4 meatballs, sauce, sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and 1/2 slice of wheat garlic bread.  Yum!

Of course, I added crushed red pepper to my dish!

Of course, I added crushed red pepper to my dish!

My blood sugars were normal all day and I got a total of 75 minutes of exercise today – nice!

Hopefully tomorrow’s walk won’t be as chilly as this morning!  See you at breakfast!

9 thoughts on “On Top of Old Smokey

  1. I heard that crushed red pepper (or maybe it was red pepper flakes? whatever, same difference) raises your metabolism by something like 20% for an hour or so. It was in an article I read yesterday and now I can’t find it. Kind of crazy 😉

  2. I don’t think I have ever had homemade meatballs before. Yours look AMAZINg!

  3. Mmmmm meatballs! I could never get my mom to use turkey meat. Good for you!

  4. that looks gooooood. and that sauce DOES look really orange! i thought it was cheese at first =P

  5. I’ve never pan-fried the meatballs first. It seems like too much of a splatter mess, but I do enjoy the bottom crunchy part that cooked on the pan – so I’d probably enjoy more of a crunchy outside.

    It is oddly orange – I thought it was some sort of squash sauce at first! Sometimes food looks so odd in pictures. I usually take a bunch of shots of the same thing and when I upload them pick the best one. The tiniest angle change or light difference can be HUGE in the capture.

  6. Haha, your sauce does look orange, but I bet it tasted good.

    My boyfriend would be all over your meatballs, especially since they have sage sausage in them. I may just have to treat him to this recipe soon! Thanks!

  7. Thanks for inviting me over! Geeeeez….

  8. Hooray for your blood sugar levels!! Fabulous!!


  9. Meatballs on marinara sauce is perfect. I love meatballs as lunch, dinner or even a snack. I have learned how to make smooth meatballs with Ina Garten’s show. Your recipe is a new addition to my meatballs recipe and I can’t wait to cook your recipe. Now I’m hungry.


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