Homemade Italian Meatballs in the Express Crock or Oven

Homemade Italian Meatballs Express Crock

This Homemade Italian Meatballs recipe with perfectly seasoned beef and pork creates the most juicy, tender and flavorful meatballs. Get the recipe for the slow cooker or pressure cooker in the Express Crock or baked in the oven below.

Ingredients for Homemade Italian Meatballs

You will need the following ingredients:

  • Ground Beef and Ground Pork
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Milk
  • Bread Crumbs (plain)
  • Eggs
  • Seasonings – minced onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, parsley, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes

How to Make Meatballs

There are so many ways to make meatballs and I have tried them all. I do prefer them baked, but the pressure cooker is not far behind. Being able to sear them on sauté mode creates a nice crusty outside and cooking them under pressure keeps them moist and tender on the inside. The slow cooker is also incredibly easy as they simmer in your favorite sauce for a few hours as they cook through.

I have been trying to create and perfect the perfect meatball for some time now. After many attempts and lots of research, I feel like I finally made it! Thanks to Chef John from allrecipes.com for this recipe. I hope you and your family enjoy these meatballs as much as we do!

If you’re looking for a super simple version of meatballs that doesn’t take any effort check out my Crockpot Italian Meatball Subs, Spaghetti and Meatballs or Grape Jelly Chili Meatballs.

Homemade Italian Meatballs in the Express Crock or Oven

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 onion diced or 1 tbsp minced onion
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp Romano or Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

PRESSURE COOKER (Express Crock):

  1. Soak bread crumbs in milk in a small bowl for 20 minutes.

  2. Mix beef and pork together in a large bowl. Stir onion powder, bread crumb mixture, eggs, parsley, garlic, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, Italian herb seasoning, and Parmesan cheese into meat mixture with a rubber spatula until combined. Cover and refrigerate for about one hour.

  3. Using wet hands, form meat mixture into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Arrange onto prepared baking sheet.

  4. Press the brown/sauté button and add 1 tablespoon olive oil and let heat.

  5. Brown the meatballs on each side for approximately two minutes on each if desired. Turn off the sauté function. Add a layer of sauce to the bottom of the pot with 1/2 cup of beef broth or water. Place the lid on lock, press the Steam button and adjust the time to 12 minutes. Do an immediate release and remove from pot to cool.

OVEN METHOD:

  1. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.

  2. Soak bread crumbs in milk in a small bowl for 20 minutes.

  3. Mix beef and pork together in a large bowl. Stir onion powder, bread crumb mixture, eggs, parsley, garlic, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, Italian herb seasoning, and Parmesan cheese into meat mixture with a rubber spatula until combined. Cover and refrigerate for about one hour.

  4. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  5. Using wet hands, form meat mixture into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Arrange onto prepared baking sheet.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until browned and cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.

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