Not sure what to cook for your next date-night in? How about my absolutely adorable Italian Meatball that’s perfect as is with quick side salad or pile it on top of your favorite pasta? They are easy to make, simply delicious, and perfect for any occasions!
Hello, my happy eating friends! Today, I would like to share a dish that I made for my Valentine’s day dinner. As per hubby’s request, I made Valentine’s day Meatballs!
My hubby and I usually celebrate our Valentine’s day at home. We like comfort of our own home and I think having a quite dinner at home is so much more intimate than being out with millions of other couples. Plus, what is the point of having a wife who loves to cook and has a food blog if he can’t take advantage on a special occasion such as this, right? He usually tells me what he’d like for Valentine’s day dinner and he makes sure to bring home a nice box of chocolate for dessert. This year, he requested meatballs.
This meatball recipe is very similar to my Perfect Italian Meatballs recipe. Small difference is that I used half and half to rehydrate my bread crumbs to add extra richness to the meatballs and cooked onion and garlic in butter prior to adding to the meat mixture. After all, I’m trying to set the romantic mood here. No one wants to worry about raw onion and garlicky breath before the sweet kiss from bae!
To make the dinner really sweet and adorable, I went ahead and shaped couple of my meatballs into heart shape. I know it’s super corny but romantic dinner should be corny! By the way, it was pain the butt to shape them into heart though. I ended up only making four. Hubby still very much liked and appreciated my heart shaped Italian meatballs.
This recipe makes pretty good amount of meatballs. My Valentine’s day meatballs are pretty filling so I served mine with simple tomato sauce and side salad. After all, I had to save some room for numerous chocolate and wine 😉 You can easily serve this on top of any pasta of your choice or make a sandwich. I froze some (you can freeze the meatball up to 2 months) and plan on using them on a pizza! Yum!!
It doesn’t matter if you are cooking for a special occasion or a dinner for date-night in. They don’t have to be complicated. It can be simple, easy, romantic, and delicious just like my Valentine’s day meatballs! Happy eating, my friends!
- ½ cup bread crumbs (homemade is the best)
- ½ cup half and half (can use milk instead)
- 1 egg
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 pound Italian sausage
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1.5 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ cup loosely packed parsley, finely chopped
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- In a small bowl, mix together bread crumb, half and half, and egg together. Set aside.
- In a medium size skillet, melt the butter. Once the butter is melted add the onion. Cook with frequent stirring. When the onion turned translucent, add minced garlic. Cook until you can smell the garlic, about 30-45 seconds. Remove from the heat and let it cook slightly.
- While the onion and garlic mixture is cooling, grab a large bowl. The meatball mixture will be a large amount so make sure you are grabbing big enough bowl. Add ground beef, Italian sausage, salt, pepper, onion powder, dried basil, dried oregano, and parley. Add the cooled onion mixture. Make sure to add all the butter dropping in the pan.
- Line two baking sheets with foil (for easy clean up).
- Mix together the meatball mixture by hand. Be careful not to over mix. When the meat mixture is over mixed, it produce tough and dense texture. When everything appear to be incorporated, shape them into a meatball size of your choice.
- For Valentine’s day, I made heart shape meatballs. This is totally optional but they are absolutely adorable.
- Place them on the baking sheet and bake them for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Enjoy with your favorite sauce and side salad.