How to Make Your Own Italian-Style Meatballs

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Meatballs Are A Must

In our home we have an Italian dinner on Christmas Eve. When thinking of an Italian dinner many Americans think of Spaghetti and Meatballs. Over the years I have eaten Spaghetti and Meatballs more times than I can count. The only problem that I have run across is that there are people out there that have no idea how to make a good Meatball. I have eaten some Meatballs that have tasted like ground beef rolled into a balls, others that have I am not sure what is in them but, they fall short in the flavor and texture departments. You need to have a great sauce but if your Meatballs fall flat you are not going to have a great dish.

Over the years I have tried a variety of recipes for Meatballs, some have been successful while others not so much. Today I am sharing with you my Meatball recipe. These Meatballs can be made ahead and frozen. They can be made into different sizes or you can change the recipe if you want to make Meatballs to go into a Barbecue Sauce and served at a Superbowl party. You can even use this recipe to make Meatball Sub Sandwiches, which we love to do around our home.

Deciding How Your Going To Serve Your Meatballs

Before you begin making the following recipe you will need to decide how you are going to serve your Meatballs. If serving Spaghetti and Meatballs or a Sub Sandwich then following the recipe. If you want to serve it in a Barbecue Sauce then you will need to change it up a bit (I will share how in the recipe). Don’t forget to Misen en place before you begin. If you will follow the directions for these Meatballs you will have perfect Meatballs every time.

Italian Meatballs Recipe

1 pound ground chuck

3 large eggs

2 cups Italian Bread Crumbs (plain if placing in BBQ Sauce)

1 large onion

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 tablespoon Oregano (omit if placing in BBQ Sauce)

1 tablespoon Parsley

1 cup Italian Cheese Blend (Can use Romano Cheese if you prefer)

1/2 cup milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop onions into small dice, mince garlic. Mix garlic, onions, eggs, milk, cheese and spices into ground chuck. Add the bread crumbs and mix. If mixture fills to moist add more bread crumbs.

Texture of the mixture should be moist but not wet so that when you roll mixture into balls that hold together.

Roll meat mixture into balls (the size of your choice) and place in an 11x 9 inch pan. Bake until Meatballs are browned.

Remove from oven and place in sauce of your choice. Cook in sauce for 1 hour. They are ready to serve.

Prepare Meatballs Ahead

If you prepare Meatballs ahead of time rolls meat mixture into balls and freeze. Thaw and bake. This is a simple recipe packed with flavors. You can always add additional spices like: Basil, Thyme or Italian Seasoning. Play with the recipe and make it your own. Enjoy!!

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