|3 lbs. or more of lean ground beef
Container of Italian Bread Crumbs
many cloves of garlic
1/2 bunch of Italian parsley
|2-3 large eggs
Grated Parmesan or Romano Cheese
Salt, pepper & garlic powder to taste
or more and should give you ample leftovers.
cloves by peeling and chopping them into small pieces. You should end up
with about 1/3 cup or more of small pieces.
Pull the Parsley leaves from the stems of a half of a bunch of Italian
parsley, then chop or cut them into smaller pieces and put aside.
Put the ground beef in a large mixing bowl and loosen it up from
the large clump(s) it was probably in!
Pour in about a cup of Italian bread crumbs, spreading it around on top
of the meat.
Spread the garlic pieces and the parsley around on this mixture as well.
Shake some salt, pepper, and garlic powder on top of the mixture.
Sprinkle on top about 1/3 of a cup of the grated cheese.
Crack the eggs and drop on top of it all.
Mix all thoroughly, preferably with bare hands and then begin to shape
into meat balls in the size you prefer, large or small. To achieve a workable
texture that will hold together as you shape them, you may need to add
more bread crumbs (or that 3rd egg if it seems too dry already.)
Fry them in a large skillet with a little olive oil in the bottom. OR
Place all the meat balls on a cookie sheet or other oven pan and bake at
325 degrees for about 30 minutes.
You can place the meat balls gently into your spaghetti sauce (that should
be cooking elsewhere on the stove long before the meatball operation began)
for the last 15-30 minutes of the sauce cooking time. But this isn't
necessary if you want to just keep the meatballs warm until it is time
to serve the meal..
COMMENTS: I like to have a variety of meats available for an Italian
dinner with guests. In addition to the meatballs it would be good
to have good quality Italian sausages and Braciole available. Serve
the meats in an interesting arrangement on a platter if this variety is
present. If you make a large number of meatballs you can enjoy meatball
sandwiches the next day!