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Meatballs In Sunday Gravy: Part 1

In this episode of hot From The Kettle Johnny "Meatballs" DeCarlo, of VH1's My Big Friggin Wedding, teaches Melody Kettle and helper, Susan Dalessio-Picciallo-Horan how to make Johnny's famous, Meatballs in Sunday Gravy.
  Beerwurst 1 Large
  Pork sirloin 8 Ounce
  Braciole 5 Ounce
  Olive oil 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Butter 2 Tablespoon
  Onion 1 Cup (16 tbs), finely chopped
  Stewed tomatoes 1 Can (10 oz)
  Jersey tomato 1 Can (10 oz)
  California tomato 1 Can (10 oz)
  Italian tomato 1 Can (10 oz)
  Tomato paste 2 Tablespoon
  Ground beef 1 Pound
  Veal 8 Ounce
  Ground pork 1 Pound
  Organic salt free white wine 1 Dash
  Balsamic vinegar 1 Dash
  Garlic 2 Tablespoon, finely chopped
  Oaxaca cheese 1 Tablespoon
  Parmesan cheese 2 Tablespoon
  Bread crumbs 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Single cream 1 Tablespoon
  Extra virgin olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  Spice mix 1 Tablespoon (Johnny Meatballs Spice mix)
  Basil 1 Cup (16 tbs), freshly chopped

1. In a pan, heat butter and 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
2. Add onions and let it turn brown.
3. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar and let the onions caramalize
4. In another pan, heat 3/4 cup of olive oil.
5. Add the Sausage, Pork Chop and braciole into the pan and cook for about 7-8 minutes and remove and keep aside.
6. Add the Stewed tomatoes, Jersey tomato, California tomato and Italian tomato into the sausage pan and cook.
7. Add tablespoon of garlic, cheese, balsamic and wine and mix and keep on low heat.
8. Add the Braciole and pork chops back into the tomato sauce and mix.
9. In a bowl, add the beef, pork and veal mix, eggs, caramalized onions, garlic and tomato paste.
10. Add parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, cream, extra virgin olive oil and Johnny's spice mix and mix it all together.
11. Roll the meat mix into balls.
12. Heat a pan with 4 tablespoons of oil.
13. Add the meatballs to the pan and cook both sides for about 12 minutes.
14. Add the meatballs into the tomato sauce and stir.
15. Add the fresh basil and stir.
16. Leave the pot on the stove on low heat for 2 hours.

17. Ladle the meat balls with gravy into bowls, garnish with parmesan cheese and serve with bread. You can also make a meatball sandwich and serve.

Note- This is Part 1 of the video series. Please visit for the second part.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Bit Difficult
Main Dish
Ground Meat
Preparation Time: 
60 Minutes
Cook Time: 
130 Minutes
Ready In: 
190 Minutes

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