Friday’s Fare: Meatballs

I love making fun announcements. Here is one of my super, secret surprises. Just in time for Christmas, I’m happy to announce my upcoming book, An Amish Christmas: Plain & Simple Traditions. Besides sharing some recipes for food that would grace an Amish family’s table over the holidays, this book will include some photos, traditions, hymns, and even stories from my own Mennonite family. And yes, you can look forward to more contributions from my mother, Eleanor Nice. Everyone seemed to enjoy her introduction to Pink Umbrellas: The 12 Days of Devotions (co-authored by Lisa Bull) that I have asked her to contribute another piece to this book.

This is one of the recipes from that book (and a favorite in my house):


1 lb. ground beef

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1⁄2 cup carrots, shredded

1⁄4 cup onion

2 eggs

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. parsley

1/2 tsp. garlic salt

Salt and pepper


Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Shape into meatballs, and either fry in oil or bake in a 350° oven for 20-25 minutes until done. Drain. In some Amish homes, these might be served over mashed potatoes, rice, or pasta, with or without a sauce.

16 thoughts on “Friday’s Fare: Meatballs

  1. Thanks for the meatball recipe. I will most likely use them with tomato sauce whenever I make spaghetti. Better to make my own rather than buying them already made up.

  2. YAY!!!!! Love your books and meatballs are one of my favorite food items to make; I’ll have to try this recipe.

    Happy Writing Sarah!

  3. Grrrrrr. I’m on a Forks over Knives low meat change of life eating plan (aka diet for life. These meatballs sound so excellent and they are just not going to pass muster with my beloved. Ah, well. Thanks for your writing Sarah.

  4. I love recipes & this one sounds really good . Meatballs with carrots sounds really good . I put a Bay leaf & tomato soup not deluded in a baking dish add uncooked meat balls & bake 350 for 1 hour or longer at a lower heat. serve over mashed potatoes .

    Glad to see your book will be available soon .Really love your books .

  5. Jon, I’ll have PLENTY of vegetables in the book. LOTS so keep your fork and put down the knife…ha ha ha. Actually sounds like an awesome idea for a diet theme,…hmmmm….

    1. Sarah, I’m eating vegetables now that I wouldn’t have touched six months ago: swiss chard, rutabaga, kale. Collard Greens! Lots of beans and lentils and many types of grains. Almost without exception I’m really enjoying this new way of eating. I still get meat cravings but … I don’t need it two or three (or even one) meal a day anymore. No more white flour or sugar in the house and just a bit of old plain salt left. (My wife Alice is still learning how to cook with other types of sugars such as maple syrup – this is a work in process but thankfully neither of us has much of a sweet tooth.)

      Whether or not it is an Amish way of eating, it is a simpler way of eating. We’ve completely stopped soda of any type including diet and no more alcohol, although that’s mostly been gone for 6 years.

      Your Circle letters are great – at least vol. 1. I’m waiting until you finish vol 2 to buy the set. Something I clicked by this am makes me think it is done. I’m going to check now. thanks for being a writer. Jon

      1. Jon it sounds like your wife really takes care of you. I’m so quilty of eating meat at least twice a day. Even if I just ate it once a day would be better than I’m doing now.
        For tonight I fixed us chicken breast baked with Italian tomato sauce and cedar cheese over top and chicken noodles and green beans. We had Sky Line cheese conies for lunch. At least we didn’t have meat for breakfast. We are both over weight.
        I think there’s a lot to be said for a vegetable diet. We all could lose weight if we ate less meat.

  6. Can’t wait to get your new book to read. Love all of your books. This recipes sounds really good. Going to make it for Mike and me.

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