By Kevin Williams
Meatballs are popular in Amish homes, one of those overlaps between Italian and Amish cooking. In Amish homes, you'll likely to see sausage and venison meatballs as much as ground beef.
My grandmother's old Italian recipe meatballs were a favorite in our household. I think her two "secret ingredients" were parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. You can click over to her recipe, Grandma's Italian Meatballs, here.
This is a recipe that I got from an Amish woman in Kentucky and it really is a hearty, tasty, filling supper I can see why someone who has worked in the fields or the cabinet shop all day would like this.
Reader Barbara tested this out for me and she had this to say:
"This was a really tasty recipe. Did not have any homemade bread that I could slice, so used Texas Toast that I toasted in the oven first. Was easy, very wholesome, and very hearty. Will be making this again during the winter. Excellent in fact!!!
So, here is that wonderful recipe!
- 1 pound hamburger
- ½ cup onion
- salt-and-pepper to taste
- One loaf homemade bread, sliced 1-inch thick
- One 8-ounce package cream cheese or sour cream
- ½ cup salad dressing
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese or your favorite
- 28-ounce jar spaghetti or pizza sauce
- 1 cup water
- dash garlic powder
- Fry hamburger, onions, salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Layer bread in a 9- by 13-inch cake pan. Mix cream cheese, salad dressing and Italian seasoning. Spread over bread slices and top with 1 cup cheese.
- Mix spaghetti sauce, water and garlic powder; mix with hamburger. Pour this over cheese mixture.
- Top with rest of cheese bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Serves 12.