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    Authentic Italian Meatballs

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    3 hrs 20 mins

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    3 hrs

    ~In*Memory*of*Brats~'s Note:

    Meatball recipes are often challenged by chefs who claim, "Mine are the best!" Even though my meatballs ARE the best, I will make no such claim. Try them for yourself! This meatball recipe was given to me by my father who got it from a little old lady from Italy that he knew. It's amazing that she gave up her recipe to him, but I sure am glad she did!

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    1. 1
      Mix all ingredients in a large bowl by hand.
    2. 2
      Use your bare hands for best results.
    3. 3
      Roll meatballs to about the size of a golf ball.
    4. 4
      Drop raw meatballs into large (I use a stock pot) pot of sauce.
    5. 5
      (I have an incredible sauce recipe {#92096} I use for my meatballs).
    6. 6
      Simmer for about 3 hours.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 14, 2011


      These meatballs turned out nicely, but I only have it 4 stars for 2 reasons:
      1. Cooking meatballs in the sauce alone can make them mushy. I recommend putting them under a broiler for about 5 minutes, turn over once and broil for another 5 minutes first before you add them to the sauce. Broiling adds a nice brown color and enough crisp to prevent mushiness
      2. The meatballs lacked the spice kick that I normally prefer. Next time I'll add some Italian seasoning or seasoned breadcrumbs for that extra kick.

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    • on January 17, 2011


      I am a vegetarian. I needed to make dinner for SEVERAL non-veggies. I also made the sauce that this recipe gives reference to. EVERYONE one of them were blown away with the meatballs!!! No one could understand how someone who does not eat meat could cook meat this awesome.

      I doubled the recipe and came out with about 50 meatballs. I was just told this morning I need to make 200 becasue 50 is not enough!! BLESS this recipe. Next time I will cook for the 3 hours and then freeze them. THANK YOU!!!!!

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    • on November 15, 2010


      These are, without a doubt, the BEST meatballs I've ever made. My mother-in-law was Italian and I could never even come close to her meatballs. This recipe tops hers! YUM!

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    Nutritional Facts for Authentic Italian Meatballs

    Serving Size: 1 (65 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 141.7
    Calories from Fat 76
    Total Fat 8.5 g
    Saturated Fat 3.4 g
    Cholesterol 52.5 mg
    Sodium 234.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 4.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 0.3 g
    Protein 10.9 g

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