Meatballs and "Gravy" -- Campania Style!!

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs

My family---from the small hill town of Montefredane, near Avellino in the province of Campania--has been doing it this way for generations. Don't mess with it. Try it this way once. You won't be disappointed!!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. It's preferable to use the stale bread rather than the bread crumbs.
  2. Break it up and soak it in warm tap water until is starts to soften.
  3. Squeeze it with your hands to get out excess water, then"smush" it with your fingers.
  4. Use the lesser amount of milk if using the wet stale bread.
  5. Use the greater amount if using the bread crumbs.
  6. Mix all the meatballs ingredients well.
  7. Form into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
  8. Slightly flatten each meatball.
  9. Brown very well in hot oil on both sides.
  10. (Can also be baked on an oiled pan in a 425 degree oven. Need to be turned to brown both sides).
  11. Add the gravy ingredients to a large pot and add the browned meatballs.
  12. Bring to a gentle boil then simmer.
  13. 1 1/2 hours is probably enough, but the longer, the better.
  14. Even better heated over the next day.
  15. *You can also add Italian sausage to this.
  16. Brown it well in the same pan in which you've browned the meatballs then add to the gravy pot.
  17. You need to probably simmer the sauce for AT LEAST 1 ½ hours if you add sausage to make sure the sausage is cooked through.

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This was great... I made enough to feed 50 people for a family reunion....big hit!! Freezes great.. I always make a huge pot and freeze.

cinda37379 January 26, 2005

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