Since I passed Meatball Obsession and their “comfort to go” meatballs on my way to the train station one night, I have been a little “obsessed” with meatballs. So, when Suzy Sirloin sent me a sampler box of a variety of their meats to review, I knew exactly what I would do with their gourmet meatloaf/meatball mix…make meatballs!
First, let me share a bit about Suzy Sirloin. The creator of the line is Suzanne “Suzy” Strassburger, a fifth-generation member of the New York Strassburger Meats family. Noting that people are more health-conscious, she formed Suzy Sirloin to provide a variety of lean, natural meat products. (For my GF friends, their turkey sliders are even gluten free.) I’ll admit that I was a little skeptical to try out their products at first, because sometimes natural = taste challenged in my experience. I didn’t need to worry though. I used the products in my sampler package just like I would use any other meat. The taste was consistently equal to (and even better than – in the case of the pork) what I normally purchase. Delicious taste without having to be concerned about unnecessary hormones or antibiotic equals a win in my book! In any event, you can buy Suzy Sirloin products at tri-state area grocery stores and sampler boxes can be ordered online and home-delivered.
The kids enjoyed the beef and turkey sliders the most while Reggie’s top pick was the pork chops. As for me, the beef, pork and veal blend found in their “Gourmet Meatloaf & Meatball Mix” was my absolute favorite. I used one to make my “go to” meatloaf. (I just used the mixture as the meat instead of beef.) It was also so good that it inspired me to come up with a new recipe…
Sizzling Meatball Mixture
Yields: 4-6 servings
- 1 lb of ground meatball mix (beef, pork and veal)*
- 1 slice of the end of a bread loaf, crumbled up (or you can use bread crumbs)
- ¼ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup finely chopped onions
- 2 cloves of chopped garlic
- Salt and pepper, to taste
*Ground beef, turkey or pork can also be substituted
1. Preheat your frying pan.
2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
3. Shape the meat into balls of your preferred size. (We like large ones!)
4. Place the balls in the pan over a medium heat and cook them. Be sure to turn the meatballs frequently so that they don’t stick to the pan before being thoroughly cooked. (You can add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan in order to cook the meatballs, but it is not necessary.)
That’s it. Once the meatballs are cooked, let them simmer in marinara sauce over a low heat for 15 to 20 minutes. You can serve them alone, as part of a meatball sandwich, with Italian spaghetti…or however you please!