1 pound Florida lean ground beef
1 cup Florida yellow squash, grated fine
1 cup Florida zucchini, grated fine
1 cup Florida mushroom, chopped fine
1 cup Florida carrot, shredded fine
1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
½ cup milk
1 tablespoon all-purpose seasoning (your favorite)
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Vegetable oil for cooking
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine egg, milk, seasoning blend and panko. Stir until well combined. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, stir mixture again. Add the ground beef and vegetables to the bread crumb mixture. Continue to mix the beef with all the ingredients, until everything is uniformly incorporated.
Preheat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Roll the beef mixture into golf ball sized or smaller meatballs. Working in batches and making sure not to overcrowd the pan, cook the meatballs in a small amount of vegetable oil. The meatballs need to reach an internal temperature of 165 to be completely done. Continue to cook meatballs in sauté pan until they are browned all over. Place meatballs on a sheet pan and put into oven until completely done. Serve meatballs warm with extra grated parmesan cheese.
Fresh Tip: Double the recipe to use the already cooked meatballs to easily make other yummy dishes!
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