Toddler-friendly baked Italian Meatballs
1 pound ground beef (90% to 95% lean)
1/4 cup seasoned dry breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, water, garlic, salt and pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into twelve 2-inch meatballs. Place on rack in broiler pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in 400 degree oven 24 to 27 minutes.
Serve with pasta sauce over hot cooked pasta or as sandwiches in crusty Italian rolls, if desired.
Cook's Tip: Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.
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