For New Year's Eve in Filipino culture long types of food is served in abundance to promote a long healthy life in the coming year and round foods welcomes good luck all year round. I contributed Spaghetti & Meatballs, which isn't Filipino, but a dish we enjoy in our family all the time and perfectly fitted for the occasion.
The meatballs were a hit and it was so good that I actually started craving them again a few nights ago haha.
Overall, I'm very happy with this recipe. Unlike the first time around, I decided to puree the onions and basil hoping to intensify the flavor a bit more and to ensure a nice juicy meatball. Good thing I did! Both versions are delicious though.
Caramelized Onion Meatballs
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 cup caramelized onions (click here for recipe)
- 1/2 cup basil leaves chopped
- 1 cup italian bread crumbs
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- hefty pinch pepper
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature.
- In a blender, puree the caramelized onions, basil, salt, and pepper.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg and puree. Add in meat and breadcrumbs.
- Form balls to desired size. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes.
- In a large frying pan coated with a little bit of butter, sear meatballs until brown on all sides. Make sure to drain all excess oil after each batch.
- Continue cooking in oven or for this particular dish, spaghetti sauce for another 15 minutes.
For the meatballs, I created a puree of caramelized onions and basil seasoned with salt & pepper of course. I used just regular store bought Italian bread crumbs and eggs to bind the ingredients together.
|As you can tell, we use this pan quite a bit! Might be a good time for a replacement haha!|
After refrigerating meatballs for at least 10 minutes, I browned them in the pan. Be sure to drain/spoon out some of that excess oil from the meatballs as you fry them and before adding the sauce.
Normally, I stick meatballs in the oven to continue cooking, for this dish I wanted the spaghetti sauce to be infused with some of that meaty flavor, so instead I finished cooking the meatballs in the pan with the sauce.
Get Your Feast On!