Saturday, March 13, 2010

Meatballs..oh so many recipes

Meatballs are kind of a personal thing as many people have their favorite recipes.  Coming from a very large Italian family I've sampled a few.  Here is mine, which seems to appeal to my family, many of my friends, and my two dogs. I used to bring mini-meatballs to dog shows and they were a favorite bait for several dog handlers. They pretty much guaranteed that your dog would stand in the perfect free stack.
3 lbs ground sirloin (grass fed or organic is best)
2 tbsp of chopped parsley
2 cloves of chopped garlic
1 cup Pecorino Romano cheese
1 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
3 eggs (organic)
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/3 cup water
Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl:
Mix well.  I use my hands:
Roll into meatballs. Size depends on your personal preference. Mine are a little bit larger than a golf ball. Place on a baking sheet lined with foil. Grease the foil with a little olive oil:
Back in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes:
Today I'm making a marinara sauce to accompany the meatballs. You can also cook them in a tomato sauce and I'll post that recipe soon. We are going to enjoy them in their natural state where they'll be warmed in a little marinara before serving. Enjoy!
Note about ingredients: You can substitute 1/2 lb of ground pork to the recipe. I can't usually find natural or organic pork so I go with the beef. Both ways are delicious.
What's your favorite meatball recipe? Comments are welcome.


  1. yum!
    oh i so miss the sandwiches we used to make with the feta bread!
    and the yummy roast chicken with your sausage stuffing.
    remember? it was at the yellow farmhouse in cotuit.
    do they sell that feta bread any more?

  2. Hi Laura,
    Yes they do still sell it, and I do remember those times at the yellow farm house. Next time you come to the Cape, let me know and I'll get some and have you over for a sandwich. Excellent idea for a blog post, too. xoxo