Monday, August 15, 2011

Make it Yourself Monday: Homestyle Italian Meatballs

I know everyone has their own favorite meatball recipe, but this one is close to my heart. I have great memories of Sunday nights at my grandmother's house, eating these meatballs in long-simmered marinara sauce.  You may thing you've had delicious meatballs before, but if you haven't had my grandmother's recipe, you need to fry some up for yourself. 

Yes, I said fry. You can bake them for a more healthful preparation, but they won't be just like grandmas.  At the risk of sounding like Paula Deen, some things -- potatoes, bacon, oreos -- just cry out to be fried. Hey, at least this recipe uses heart-healthy olive oil!

Grandma's Sunday Meatballs

1 lb ground beef
3 slices day-old Italian bread, crumbled into coarse crumbs
3 eggs
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried basil
1 tbsp good quality grated parmesan or pecorino cheese
1/2- 3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
olive oil

  • Whisk together the eggs and bread crumbs in a medium bowl. Add the garlic, parsley, basil, cheese, salt, and pepper to the egg mixture.  Mix until thoroughly combined
  • Add the egg mixture to the ground beef in a large bowl. Combine all ingredients manually -- that's right -- you have to get your hands dirty!
  • Form the mixture into balls, roll them in a light coating of olive oil, and pan-fry.
  • Place them on a paper towel on a plate
  • Serve with red sauce and pasta
Note: these can easily be frozen if you have the fortitude not to eat them all in one sitting.
I still have some in my freezer from my Once a Month Slow Cooker Freezer Cooking from the Stockpile extravaganza.  

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At August 17, 2011 at 10:18 AM , Blogger Gretchen said...

LOL @ "potatoes, bacon, oreos..." Now that I'm eating meat occasionally, I'll have to give these a try!

At August 17, 2011 at 12:34 PM , Blogger Sarah said...

And Gretchen, I have made these with lean ground turkey, so if you're not into red meat as much, you can give that a try. I just wanted to stay true to Grandma's original recipe here.


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