These meatballs are made with pepperoni slices that have been ground in a food processor. So the first time I tried it, I dumped the whole package in, snapped the lid on, and flipped the switch. As I watched the blade spin I noticed something that looked like dirt. It certainly wasn’t red, which is the only color you want to see when you’re grinding pepperoni.
That was when I realized that I had forgotten to take out the little paper package that says “DO NOT EAT.” You know, the stuff that keeps your pepperoni nice and fresh. SUPPOSEDLY. It looked a lot like dirt to me.
I highly recommend taking this little package out so that you don’t poison yourself or at least so that you’re not eating dirt. It’s lucky I’m a pepperoni addict (you never know when you’re going to get a homemade pizza craving) and had more pepperoni in the freezer to use.
So, when you make these meatballs (you really should), make sure you take out the dirt pack in the pepperoni.
This recipe was born out of desperation. I was having a meatball craving, and didn’t have any ground pork in my freezer, just ground beef. I don’t love all-beef meatballs, so I decided to branch out (mostly because pepperoni was the only other meat on hand.) Turned out awesome though. It’s like eating pizza meatballs. What’s not to love??
1 (6 ounce) package sliced pepperoni
8 ounces mushrooms
1/4 of a medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1 pound ground beef
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs or quick oats
1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika