OK - I think Wegmans entered my brain and took my meatball recipe - sort of.
In the Fall 2010 Menu magazine there's a meatball recipe that is just like the one I make.
It's so strange that the last time I made meatballs I used panko bread crumbs instead of Italian bread crumbs and that's what they have in their recipe too. And I always put grated cheese in too, have for decades. So here's a combined recipe of the best of both recipes that I used today, so if I'm not home and want to make them, I can just look here.
1 cup panko bread crumbs
2 large eggs
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup grated Italian Cheese (parmesan, romano or both - whatever you have)
2 tsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp minced fresh Italian parsley or 2 tsp dried
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 # 90% Ground Beef
Mix all ingredients together and then with hands mix in beef just until combined
(overmixing will toughen meatballs - per Wegmans) - great - I always loved using my hands - they probably got that from me too!
Shape into meatballs. I like to add directly to sauce, on low, until cooked.
Wegmans baked them in the oven at 450 for 15-17 min. but I don't like flat bottom meatballs.
I added them to Ragu Chunky Spaghetti Sauce and also made sausage that went into the sauce. And this was our dinner - after spending over an hour putting together all the speaker wires for the zillionth time over the last few months. Thank goodness this time everything works with the new receiver. I hope to never have to deal with it again.