I recently discovered something truly remarkable: You can make meatballs from sausage. That might sound like a silly thing to get excited about, but because my family loves meatballs so much, it’s always fun to change them up a bit. With the concentration of flavor that’s naturally in the sausage, these are like no others you’ve probably tasted—and they are a nice way to change up a classic recipe.
Makes about a dozen
1 lb sausage
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/4-1/2 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon dried parsley or 1 tablespoon fresh
1 24-ounch jar favorite marinara sauce
1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix all ingredients well in a medium bowl. Portion into small 2-inch meatballs. Place on a foil-lined tray and bake for 20 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
2. Pour marinara into a medium pot and bring to a low simmer. Add meatballs and keep warm until dinner is ready.
Use half ground beef and half sausage.
Use flour instead of cornmeal.
Add 1/4 cup minced kale to the mixture.
This recipe originally appeared on recipe.com.