This is another one of those last-minute-unplanned-incredibly-successful dinners. I had some defrosted pork in the fridge, some leftover sauce, and tons of pasta in the cupboard.
For meatballs and hamburgers/meatloaf I generally follow one recipe.
1lb of ground meat
1/4 to 1/2 cup of bread crumbs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
sometimes a tbsp or two of bbq sauce & a couple shakes of worcestershire if I’m feeling like it.
And then any seasonings. Garlic, dry herbs, fresh herbs, hot sauce. It’s basically a blank slate that’s incredibly flexible.
Unfortunately, I only had 1/2lb of pork and no eggs. But life is about compromise, and everyday cooking should be as well. One must compromise and improvise. Otherwise you’re going to hate cooking.
So I took the pork, mixed it with about 1/2 cup of seasoned breadcrumbs (you can use regular or panko, you can even use old bread soaked in milk, but that’s old school and we’re not gonna go there right now), seasoned with salt, pepper, 1tsp of dried oregano and 1 tsp of dried basil.
Since I had no egg to act as a binding agent along with the breadcrumbs, I decided to bake the meatballs. Less poking and prodding will keep them intact.