How Do I Spice Up a Mushroom Meatball Recipe?

I need some help with spices. In this mushroom meatball recipe, the gravy is great, and the meatballs are good, but kind of bland. I don't want them to be spicy as in hot, just more flavorful. What herbs/spices would you add to the meatballs? I will probably try any and all suggestions since I make this a lot. Exact measurements would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Here is the recipe:

Mushroom Meatballs

  • 1 to 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 finely chopped onion
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  • 1/4 lb. saltine crackers, crushed (not fine)
  • 1 can cream mushroom soup
  • 1/2 soup can water
  • 1/2 soup can milk

Mix all but soup, milk, and water. Shape into meatballs, place in single layer in sprayed 9 X 13 inch pan. Stir soup, milk, and water together until smooth. Pour over meatballs, cover tightly and bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour. Serve gravy over rice or mashed potatoes.
NOTE: For more gravy, use 2 cans of soup, 1 soup can each of milk and water.

By Fortunately from IL

October 26, 20100 found this helpful

Some spices you can use for the meatballs, but not necessarily together. A little experimenting would do nicely.

Allspice, Basil, Marjoram, Paprika(tends to be a little hot if too much is used), Oregano, Italian spice mix. Diced garlic, Worchester sauce and ketchup are also a great add in for meatballs. If using ketchup cut the amount of liquid by however much ketchup you add.

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October 29, 20100 found this helpful

Sometime I use thyme or poultry seasoning. They both go well with meatballs and mushroom soup and add a lot of flavor.

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October 31, 20100 found this helpful

One of my favorites is Summer Savory - a herb that adds great flavor to many recipes. It's hard to find in stores, so you can order it from Penzey's. Use about one-half teaspoon for 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of meat. I like to break it down a little further than it is when you get it, by pressing and rubbing with the back of a spoon, especially the larger pieces (stems). Summer savory gives things a wonderful flavor and goes really well with chicken.

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