Italian Herb Baked Meatballs

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The nice thing about potatoes is the fact that they are one of the most versatile foods out there. You have many different and exciting ways to cook them and there are numerous great easy potato gratin recipes out there. Gratin basically means anything cooked in a broiler or with the heat coming from the top and the dish usually has cheese or breadcrumbs on top to make that almost burned appearance. This term comes from France and is the inspiration for many types of gratin recipes. Baked scalloped potatoes with cheese are the base for this recipe from Donna.

Cheesy scalloped potatoes are an American style of cooking potatoes and it is one of the most popular ways to keep your potatoes wet and not dry like many other potato recipes out there. Donna’s recipe for easy potato gratin is a great way to add to your baked potatoes with cheese ideas and if you are so inclined it can become your go to potato recipe. Cheesy scalloped potatoes are a great way to experiment with different cheeses and with the wide variety of cheeses out there you can happily experiment many times. Never be pigeon holed into one specific recipe and always try new ones. The beauty of cooking is the chance to try new things so always be on the lookout for a recipe that can become your favorite.

Cheese and potatoes is not something new. Potatoes have been around since they were first cultivated from the lowland region of southern Chile. From this point on they have become a part of many farms all over the world and because they are easy to grow and keep for quite some time almost everybody will have a bag in their pantry. You can easily make use of them and are included in many different recipes from all over the world.Potatoes are probably the most used side dish from North America to every continent. They are the fourth largest crop in the world. 99% or more of all the cultivated potatoes in the world originated from the varieties from that part of Chile. Scalloping them is an easy way to cook them and when they are cooked in a cream or milk based sauce then you will not have to worry about overcooking them since the sauce and cheese will keep them tasty.

There are many different varieties of potatoes ranging from Russet, red, yellow, white and many more. Some cook quicker than others so take this into consideration when deciding which ones to use for each specific recipe. If you are in need of ones that have a longer cooking time then choose the Russet or red varieties. Whenever making a recipe and deciding to change any ingredients always consider the adjustment of the cooking time.Potatoes au gratin are a great addition to any meal and are especially great with fish. Thanks to Donna of The Slow Roasted Italian Blog for this yummy Cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin Recipe and bon apetit.**

Nutrition Facts for: Italian Herb Baked Meatballs From The Slow Roasted Italian
Ingredients: Lean ground beef, Italian breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic cloves, onion, marinara sauce, fresh rosemary, fresh parsley, fresh basil, kosher salt, cracked black pepper, egg.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 15 meatballs. * Per meatball Serving: Calories 83, Calories from Fat 32, Total Fat 3.6g 6%, Saturated Fat 1.7g 8%, Cholesterol 44mg 15%,Sodium 88mg 4%, Potassium 138mg 4%, Carbohydrates 0.8g 0%, Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%, Sugars 0.2g, Protein 11.6g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 6%, Iron 33%

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