February 05, 2011

The Best Homemade Meatballs

This is the recipe to the best homemade meatballs, ever.  As much as I want to say I got this from my crazy Italian nana (just 'cause crazy Italian nanas are awesome), I must thank All Recipes for this one { link }.

The sheer versatility alone makes this recipe great. But add the deliciousness factor and I assure you this comfort food will bring people around for seconds and thirds like a super-powered magnet. (No worries - I do not use drugs in my cooking). Ok, enough with the jabber.


  • 1 lb. ground beef [optional: 1/2 lb. pork and 1/2 lb. veal)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup freshly grated Romano cheese
  • 2 tbsp. flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 cups stale Italian bread (for homemade bread crumbs) or Italian bread crumbs available at your nearest grocery store (which is what I used)
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water or milk (I used water)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • a couple of tbsp. of olive oil


1. Combine beef in large bowl. Add garlic, eggs, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper.

2. Blend bread crumbs into meat mixture.

3. Slowly add water and mix everything until combined.

4. Shape meatballs (smaller if preparing an appetizer; larger for entrees) and place on a greased and foiled cookie sheet.

5. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 min. or until meat is browned.
If you're planning on freezing them for later use, just bake for ~10 min., allow balls to set, place them in freezer bags and pop them in the freezer for a quick and delicious meatball meal later!

6. Simmer marinara sauce in a large saucepan or crockpot.

7. Soak meatballs in sauce for ~15-20 min.

Another option aside from baking is to fry meatballs in hot saucepan until nicely browned and crusted.

If you're serving this as an appetizer, you can just bake and serve. If you're serving with pasta or as an entree, feel free to make larger meatballs and serve with spicy marinara sauce.

yield: depending on how large you make your balls, 1 lb. can yield about 20 standard meatballs.
type: appetizer or meal
difficulty: Easy
cost: $$

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