it was Christmas eve morning, and i sat, making a mental checklist of all that still had to be done… trying to remain ‘jolly’ all the while. i am sure every other mama in the world felt the way i felt – and at times it is just that very fact that puts things into perspective for me. you are not alone woman… suck it up buttercup. one of the ticks on the tick list was to make meatballs. enough meatballs for Christmas EVE, and Christmas DAY. that’s a lot of balls. i call my meatballs Spag balls… as my friends call me Spags. as i sat cringing at the thought of pan searing all of those balls in olive oil, and the mess that comes with, i thought to myself… there has GOT to be an easier way. THE OVEN!! flash bake them at high heat for a snap, and then transfer them to the sauce bath in the pans to finish cooking in the oven. YESS!! i’m gonna try it. so i created the balls, and as i rolled them out, i placed them about an inch apart on Silpat lined baking sheets. (parchment works here too, PS) set the oven to 425*, and bake them, one tray at a time for about 10 minutes or so… you will see them start to get a bit brown. this browning bit helps them hold the ‘ball’ shape, and allows an easy-peasy transfer with a large fork right into the tray of sauce you will have waiting patiently. Bake the next pan same way- once they are all par-browned and in in the sauce bath, BAKE, uncovered, for about an hour at 325*. top with freshly shaved Parmesan cheese when they come out, (if you like) and you are DONE! could it get any easier?? here is the original recipe for my Spag balls.