This is NOT the correct recipe for Rao's Meatballs. The quantity of beef, cheese, parsley, garlic and water are wrong. Look up and find the REAL recipe for Rao's Meatballs, and make them immediately. Follow the CORRECT recipe, and they will come out fantastically.
These meatballs are the best. Don't be afraid to mix in all that water. It is really okay. They are worth the money for the ingredients, especially the cheese. I used my own homemade breadcrumbs that were highly seasoned so I added no other seasonings. I also baked mine because I doubled the recipe. I baked them at 350 for 1/2 hour. I will be making their marinara sauce next (on the website). I used the Rao's jar of marinara sauce and it was fabulous. Given the cost of San Marzano tomatoes, the price for a jar of Rao's is really not that bad. I was really shocked about how much the water made the difference in the mix. I also thinly sliced the meatballs and put a layer of them on top of the rigatoni pie made in the springform pan.
Absolutely wonderful. Fork tender; tasty and simple to make. Don't let the recipe scare you. It you follow the step-by-step instructions you can't go wrong. I paired with the sauce from the spaghetti and meatball recipe number 221905. A great family dinner.
I have always loved hearing stories about the famous Rao's restaurant in NYC. So when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to give it a whirl. I'm so glad that I did. The meatballs were actually fun to make, the way the directions are written (ie. pressing into the bowl to make a well, adding ingredients and then mixing/folding in inches). I was worried about the amount of water but it all seemed to work out well! This recipe made 24 large (about 2-3 inch) meatballs. I fried them in two batches so I wouldn't overcrowd the skillet. After letting them drain on paper towels, I put them into a simmering pot of tomato/basil sauce for about 30 minutes. Then served it over some egg noodles for a different spin. The flavor and constistency of the meatballs are wonderful! ~Made for Spring 2010 PAC~