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grammy's italian meatballs

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Angela (Grammy) Derby
Charlotte, NC

This is the way my mom made her meatballs, but the measurements are approximate, because she just never measured. So, one day, I decided to measure my ingredients and this is that recipe. It's still not an exact, sometimes I'll add a little more cheese or garlic, but that's strictly a "taste" thing.

(1 rating)
method Deep Fry

Ingredients For grammy's italian meatballs

  • 2 lb
    ground beef
  • 1/2 lb
    ground pork
  • 2-3 Tbsp
    finely minced fresh garlic
  • 3
  • 1 c
    grated parmesan or romano cheese
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 c
    bread crumbs (wet)
  • 1 3/4 c
    water (approx.)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

How To Make grammy's italian meatballs

  • 1
    Mix ground beef, pork, garlic, eggs, cheese, parsley together in a large bowl until blended. (Use your hands to mix meatballs, never a mixer.)
  • 2
    Add enough water slowly to the bread crumbs to make them moist and soft, but not soupy! Mix bread crumbs into meat mixture 1/2 at a time. (Use more or less for desired texture. It's all about how it feels to the touch.) Mix should be soft, but firm enough to form a nice round ball.
  • 3
    Lightly fry meatballs in Mazola oil (the only kind Mom would use), turning them once to brown on each side. Place in paper towel-lined bowl to drain, then drop into your favorite spaghetti sauce.
  • 4
    Let meatballs simmer in sauce for about an hour.

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