Grandpa Gary’s Meatballs

meatballsGary Says: The meatballs may be stored, covered, in the refrigerator until you’re ready to finish cooking. You can also use this mixture to make hamburgers for grilling.

Grandpa Gary's Meatballs
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
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  • 2 lbs. ground beef (80/20 blend)
  • 1 lb. ground pork sausage
  • 2 eggs, gently beaten
  • ½ c. seasoned bread crumbs
  • ½ c. oatmeal (uncooked)
  • ½ c. Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 pkg. onion soup/dip mix
  • 4-8 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ c. fresh parsley
  • 1-2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • cooking oil of choice
  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef with ground pork. Mix thoroughly together to combine. Be sure to wash your hands afterwards if you mix with your hands.
  2. Blend eggs, bread crumbs, oatmeal, Parmesan cheese, onion soup mix, garlic, parsley, & Italian seasoning. Using your hands, thoroughly mix these in with the meat.
  3. Take the mixture & form into balls. Set aside & cover with a towel.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the cooking oil of your choice & butter until the butter starts to foam. Place meatballs one at a time into the skillet & keep rolling around to brown on all sides evenly.
  5. Set aside the browned meatballs on a paper towel lined plate to drain. You can now add the meatballs to your sauce to finish cooking.


Za Jiang Mein (Pork & Bean Chinese Noodles)

Submitted by randilicious


3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 lb ground pork
¼ c. brown bean sauce 2 tbsp sugar
¼ c. beer 1 lb Chinese noodles (non egg-based)
¼ c. chopped scallions ½ c. shredded cucumbers
3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp red pepper flakes
¼ c. bean sprouts (optional) 1 pkg tofu, chopped into small pieces (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in the wok. When oil is ready, add the garlic, then the pork. Brown evenly. If so desired, add tofu after pork has been browned.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix beer & brown been sauce. Blend well.
  3. Add the bean sauce mixture to the ground pork.
  4. Sprinkle sugar & red pepper flakes into sauce. Stir until the sauce is piping hot. Reduce heat & allow to simmer uncovered.
  5. As sauce simmers, in a separate pot, boil noodles in water for approximately 3 minutes. Drain the noodles.
  6. To serve, put noodles into a bowl, then spoon sauce over noodles. Garnish generously with scallions, bean spouts, & cucumber on top.

Chef’s Note: You can find the brown bean sauce in most Asian grocery stores.