Thursday, May 27, 2010

Now thatsa meatball!

Before I left town I made these Meatballs and boy were they good! Even though they were HUGE they were tender and light. The recipe made a ton - had to give most of them away as we were leaving, but I love how they got topped with mozzarella and then baked - would have made great meatball sandwiches too. Just used my own canned crushed tomato sauce - Spaghetti and Meatballs - I would have to say one of my favorite dishes - I will be making these again. Serving size - 1 meatball per person! Recipe adapted from Tyler Florence.

Gigantic Meatballs makes about 12-15

couple tablespoons olive oil
1 onion finely chopped
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 cup milk
4 thick slices italian bread, crust removed
1 lb ground beef - Prather
1 lb ground vitellone (this is Prather's version of veal - or just use beef)
1 lb ground pork
1 egg
1/2 cup parmesan
couple sprigs parsley chopped
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups fresh tomato sauce
1 ball fresh mozzarella
couple tablespoons olive oil

Saute the onions and garlic in the oil until tender in a really large pan (you will then cook the meatballs in it). Pour the milk over the bread and let it sit while cooking the onions. In a large mixing bowl put the meats, egg, parmesan, parsley and s&p. Add the onions and the milk soaked bread breaking it up into the bowl. Mix it all together gently - if you work it too much it will end up tough. Heat the onion pan again and add the oil. Make a tablespoon sized meatball and fry this up to taste for seasonings - add more salt if you need to, then lightly form the mixture into about baseball sized balls. Brown in the pan on at least 2 sides and then remove to a large pyrex baking dish. When all done, pour the tomato sauce on top of the meatballs then tear pieces of the mozzarella, sprinkle on top of the balls and lastly drizzle with olive oil. Cook at 350 degrees for 15-25 min - break one open to see if it is cooked and adjust time accordingly. Serve with spaghetti noodles or on some soft fresh rolls for a sandwich.

Post Note: I think these look prettier than a dozen red roses!


  1. holy moley these look delish! Wish I could have come over for dinner that night...xoxox

  2. whoops! guess my daughter was logged on :)

  3. Wait - I thought Lili was a vegetarian? Maybe a meatballatarian?