3 lbs meatball mix (1 lb beef, 1 lb pork, 1 lb veal)
salt & pepper
3/4 c grated cheese
6 cut garlic cloves
handful cut fresh parsley
Wet bread 2-3 slices crumbled
1/2 c breadcrumbs(Italian Style)
I started cooking at a young age and stuck my nose in every available kitchen. Amazed at the various techniques especially for meatballs. Sorry to say I didn’t care for my Mom’s; for some reason she loaded onions and oregano with seasoned crumbs. Oh! That’s a Spicy Meatball………
I do enjoy raisins and Pinole nuts added (Sicilian style) however this recipe is my meatballs. I ‘m honored as I travel seasonally state to state(living in three) the first head’s up and request “Meatballs”…
In a large bowl with meat add all of the ingredients. Grated cheese; I use a combination of various cheeses, Locatelli,Parmigiano Reggiano and Pecorino Romano. Take notice I do not add water or milk; the fat of the meat and adequate egg makes a very moist mixture. 3 eggs per pound; my Aunt Ann’s rule, a must. Saltines? Yes. Great filler combined with bread crumbs; I use saltines when making my crab cakes, works well. Breadcrumbs alone …hard meatballs. Wet bread…. meatballs splatter and mixture could get sticky ..ugh! Plus the little bit of salt on the crackers insures there is enough. Yes, the Cheese is a salt factor also; but, when there is not enough salt; meatballs taste flat. Nothing worse. This is my recipe, I also find when combining the mixture; the formation is perfect. A quick mix at first; let the mixture settle a minute or so and absorb . You will notice the mixture is not sticky at all during the second mix. Not even on the bowl; like dough.
Pre-heat pan then add oil and heat oil, so as the meatballs don’t stick. If they are sticking…they are not ready to be turned. The cheese and egg will cause oil to foam, this is fine, but they shouldn’t splatter. I use a fork to lightly lift and turn them; as they brown on all sides(don’t worry if they seem to flatten, as you turn and roll them in the pan they will retain a round shape cooking evenly. A dark coating is best, I can remember Gracie( God Bless) telling me as I proceeded to remove them “Not Yet!” let them brown. You may also notice they will shrink as well. Don’t worry they plump back out in the “Gravy”.
So I hope you enjoy this recipe and I look forward to someone making me “Meatballs”..