Posted by Obbieite
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This recipe was handed down from my grandmother. Except, she fried her meatballs in plenty of butter. My mom started to bake them - so I took after her. And yes, you are reading correctly, we use soda water. The carbonation makes them lighter.
On occasion, I found, I had a hard time to make the balls. I just added another 1 or 2 Tbs. of bread crumbs and let mixture sit for a couple of minutes to soak in the moisture.
If I don't use all of them, I freeze them individually, then bag them. They freeze well.
ETA: Thought I should add this. Of course I serve them with the general pasta and tomato sauce. But we also love them with a mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes. Sauté sliced mushrooms and onions in a bit of butter. Add flour to make a roux. Then thin with chicken broth until you get the thickness of the gravy you like. Add salt and pepper and finally after done (turn off the heat) add some sour cream. Yummy!
Lingonberries usually accompany this, but they are hard to get by. Substitute cranberry sauce instead.
Pingo’s Meat Balls
1 medium onion, grated
9 Tbs. bread crumbs (I make them from fresh bread, but the ready made crumbs will do)
2/3 cup mixed soda water and milk (if you have no soda water, milk can be used)
1 lbs. ground beef
½ lbs. ground pork
1 egg, lightly beaten
salt and pepper to taste
pinch each of ground allspice and nutmeg
Soak the breadcrumbs in the soda water. Beat the meat well with the onion and egg. Add the soaked breadcrumbs and the spices and mix well, beating until smooth.
With wet hands make balls the size of a large walnut. Place them on a lightly greased (or use parchment paper) baking pan with a rim.
Bake in 375 degree oven for 15 – 20 minutes.