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Meatballs are a classic favorite. There’s something about a ball of ground meat with other ingredients like breadcrumbs, McCormick Spices, and eggs that make us salivate for the finished product. The process of preparing them, rolling each one by hand and cooking to perfection is a ritual of love that feeds a family.
Bonding Over Meatballs
There are many types of meatballs. Recipes to make them small, make them large, with different types of meats and spices. This weekend there was some mother-daughter bonding in the kitchen as Miss M explains in this 15-second video:
Meatballs Among the Top 10 Most-Searched Dinner Recipes
We don’t indulge in meatballs often because every recipe I’ve tried has involved frying and well, we’re trying to cook more healthy, cost-effective meals at home. Thankfully there’s McCormick, a brand in the cupboards since I was a child. Quality ingredients that add to flavorful homemade meals and desserts.
Out of the spice cupboard, McCormick is a brand thinking outside the box. Recently McCormick used Google and its data to identify the top 10 most-searched dinner recipes terms during the fall of 2012. From there, those recipes were matched with simple and flavorful recipes. Meatballs appeared on that list and so we decided to try the Herbed Turkey Meatball Recipe found on McCormick.com
Herbed Turkey Meatballs Recipe
We gathered our favorite McCormick spices and set to work, creating the Herbed Turkey Meatballs recipe. The list of ingredients is very few, which surprised me. Bread crumbs, McCormick Basil Leaves, McCormick Garlic Powder, McCormick Oregano Leaves, salt, McCormick Black Pepper Ground, ground turkey (or chicken) and one egg.
I was really surprised when they were all rolled out that these rolly-pollies were heading for the oven…NOT the frying pan! That’s right; they’re BAKED, not fried!
In 15-20 minutes the meatballs were done! They were lean–no greasy pan or meatballs. That’s got to be healthier; right?!
I plopped them into the crock pot…
From there I added our favorite homemade marinara sauce and let it simmer while I boiled noodles.
The house smelled amazing.
Then it was dinner—
YUM! My kiddos LOVED these meatballs and asked for more. They were easy and are far healthier than the fry ’em up in a pan meatballs. Simple ingredients, gourmet flavor–that’s the beauty of McCormick!