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Perfect Italian Meatballs

Food.Wishes's picture
While the ingredient list may look a bit long, home-made meatballs are a very easy to make, and since we skip the very messy step of pan-frying these before they hit the sauce, it becomes downright simple. Here I use a standard 1/2 beef, 1/2 pork mixture. Some recipes use 1/3 beef, veal, and pork, which is also nice, yet more expensive. These days you can find all sorts of lean to fat ratios for ground beef. Most stores sell 90% lean, 10% fat, but I prefer the 80% lean, 20% fat ratio for this recipe. The other trick here is soaking the bread crumbs in milk before adding. This makes for a moister meatball, and the milk actually helps keep them tender. If you make your meatballs the same size (golf ball) I do, this recipe will make about 30 portions. This is one of those dishes that just get better the next day. So, if you have time, make these a day ahead and refrigerate in the sauce and re-heat slowly the next day to serve. The meatballs will be even more tender and flavorful. I know I will get emails requesting the sauce recipe, so let me save you the time and tell you that I plan on filming a nice meat sauce soon.
For recipe ingredients, please refer to the video.

For recipe directions, please refer to the video.

Recipe Summary

Main Dish
Meaty, Rich
Beef Pork
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
These meatballs stand on their own merit. They are moist, tender, full of breadth and depth of flavors. Making perfect meatballs is more complex than you think. How many times have you followed recipes from cookbooks and landed up with meatballs that are dry, bland, multi-sided and many unpleasant things, like the stuff of cafeterias? Chef John gives tricks and tips on mixing pork and beef to make his famous perfect meatballs and skips the very messy step of pan-frying these before they hit the sauce. The perfect treat!

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vandana's picture
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