Just Bake the Meatballs Instead

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I’m not sure why I only learned this trick a few years ago.  Almost all recipes say to brown the meatballs in a skillet in some oil.  Who has time to stand there and do that?  (Especially when I usually make 3 pounds of meatballs at a time.)  And I feel like when I brown them in the skillet, no matter my cooking experience, they always stick to the pan.  I loved learning the tip to just place them on a baking sheet and bake them at 400ºF for 20-25 minutes instead.  This frees up your hands to make a salad to go with them.  So stop browning—just bake.

These were for the recipe Sesame-Spiced Turkey Meatballs & Smashed Chickpea Salad from the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.  Deb Perelman has a great food blog.DSC_0012

I reinvented leftovers the following day by re-heating the remaining meatballs in a store-purchased Vindaloo sauce and served them with rice and cucumbers.  You could also use any curry sauce.  I used Maya Kaimal Vindaloo sauce, which is available at Costco.DSC_0002

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Stephanie Koski

Stephanie is a retired physician, mother to three boys, and an avid gardener with many hobbies and interests. She lives outside of Salem, Oregon, in the mid-Willamette Valley. Stephanie does all of the photography and writing for this website, and all content is original and copyrighted.

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