Here it is, my mom's FAMOUS Meatball recipe! This is THEE most requested of her for anything, anywhere! Whenever there is a shower, birthday, christening, etc., someone is asking for 150 to 200 of her famous meatballs. :) Of course, she always says yes! She is not one for "exact" measurements (a little of this, a dash of that), so I tried the best I could to adapt her recipe. Of course, these are best served with My Mama Iuliucci's "Don't Skip a Step" Spaghetti Sauce My Mama Iuliucci's "Don't Skip a Step" Spaghetti Sauce, but I have used jazzed-up jarred sauce and they are still great. However, meat-a-balls like these deserve a homemade sauce, in my humble opinion!
- 2 lbs lean ground beef
- 8 -10 slices white bread, broken into small 1/2 inch pieces (or you can use rolls or any stale bread you have and want to use up)
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon italian seasoning (or to taste)
- 2 teaspoons parsley flakes (or to taste)
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 cup grated parmesan cheese (or Locatelli)
- 1 -2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- olive oil (for frying) or vegetable oil (for frying)
- Mix all ingredients gently in a large bowl until well combined.
- Roll meatballs 1 1/2- 1 3/4" in diameter.
- Heat about 1/4" of oil over medium heat in a large frying pan.
- Fry meatballs in oil, rolling frequently, until evenly browned and juices run clear.
- Drop meatballs in your favorite sauce (I highly recommend My Mama Iuliucci's"Don't Skip a Step" Spaghetti Sauce recipe#26947) and let simmer for awhile to flavor sauce or just serve with your favorite pasta and sauce.
- Tip: You can also bake or broil these if the frying part is too much of a hassle-- I use my broiler pan if I bake them, so the fat drips down and away from the meatballs.
Excellent meatballs! I did make my own spaghetti sauce, by the way...wouldn't have it any other way! They were very easy to make too. One change I did make was baking the meatballs instead of frying. It is so much easier that way! (I have 3 kids running around here, so easy is key in my cooking!) Other than that, didn't change a thing. Thanks for a great recipe, Karen!
They were easy and delicious. They made my "same ol' spaghetti" into SPAGHETTI AND MEAT-A-BALLS!! Great the next day after sitting in the sauce all night. Thanks.
These were the closet to how my Mom made meatballs that I have come across. No more store bought meatballs for me!