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Sweet Greek Meatballs

Ingredients

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For the Meatballs:

  • 3 lbs. of ground beef
  • 4 cloves of garlic – grated
  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese – grated
  • Healthy handful of Italian parsley – stems removed and chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins – chopped
  • 4 slices white bread – crumbled
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

For the Greek Inspired Sauce:

  • 228 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 large sweet onion – sliced thin
  • 45 cloves of garlic – crushed and chopped
  • Healthy handful of Italian parsley – stems removed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins – chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tbs. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tbs. wine – any color
  • 3 tbs. olive oil
  • Your favorite pasta

Instructions

For the Meatballs:

  1. Preheat Oven 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl place, the egg, milk, crumbled bread, chopped parsley, Parmesan cheese, seasonings, bread crumbs, chopped raisins, grated garlic, tomato sauce and canola oil. Mix these ingredients together.
  3. Add the ground beef and incorporated into the wet ingredients.
  4. Form the meat mixture into desired sized meatballs and place in a baking dish.
  5. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Take the meatballs out of the oven and set aside while preparing the sauce.

For the Greek Inspired Sauce:

  1. Heat a sauce pot with the olive oil and add the sliced onion, chopped garlic, chopped parsley, chopped raisins and seasonings.
  2. Let the onions become slightly golden and the garlic become fragrant.
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes and stir. Add the wine, sugar and honey and continue to simmer on a gentle heat.
  4. Carefully add the meatballs and simmer on a gentle heat for at least 40 – 50 minutes or longer.
  5. Prepare the pasta as directed.
  6. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil, ground black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes and grated Parmesan cheese.
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