Turns out the family recipe for meatballs comes from Betty Crocker Cookbook. I suspect that quite a few family recipes come either from there or the back of pasta boxes.

Oven Baked Meatballs

This is supposed to yield up to 20 1 1/2 inch meatballs. I have never seen more than sixteen.

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped

  • 1 egg

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1 bay leaf

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, hands work fine here. Place on an non-greased baking sheet, at least 1/4 inch deep. Bake uncovered until light brown, usually 20 to 25 minutes at 400 degrees. You can also pan fry on medium heat for around 20 minutes. Keep turning the balls until all sides are brown.


Tonight I made bread crumbs from garlic bread croutons, cut the salt in half if using this method.

If you have picky kids that do not like onions, cut back to 1/8 cup finely chopped onion and 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder.