Nonna's Meatballs

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Carol Perricone

By
@coolbaker1

My grandmother was a basic meat and potatoes cook...lots of pot roast, roast beef, and steaks. These meatballs were one of her best recipes, and I enjoy making them for my family and friends. They are always a hit.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Serves:
4-6
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
20 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

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1 lb
85% lean ground beef
1/2 lb
ground pork
1 3/4 c
parmigiano-reggiano, grated
1 1/4 c
bread crumbs, dry
1 large
egg
1 small
shallot, minced
2 Tbsp
milk
2 Tbsp
minced fresh parsley
3 clove
garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
3 Tbsp
olive oil
1
onion, chopped fine
1 c
low-sodium chicken broth
1 c
water

How to Make Nonna's Meatballs

Step-by-Step

  • 1Using hands, mix ground beef, ground pork, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, egg, shallot, milk, parsley, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper together in a bowl.
  • 2Pinch off and roll mixture into 1 1/2 inch meatballs (about 30 meatballs total).
  • 3Spread 1/2 cup breadcrumbs into a shallow dish. Coat meatballs with breadcrumbs, shaking off excess, and transfer to a large plate.
  • 4Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • 5Brown half the meatballs on all sides, 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with 1 tablespoon more oil and remaining meatballs. Transfer to plate.
  • 6Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in chicken broth and water, then slowly whisk in remaining 1 cup parmesan cheese, and 1/4 cup breadcrumbs until smooth, and bring to a simmer.
  • 7Nestle meatballs into skillet and bring to a simmer. Cover, and reduce heat to medium-low, and let simmer 10-15 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through. If sauce gets too thick, add a little more chicken broth to thin it out.
  • 8Season with salt and pepper, and serve. Enjoy!

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About Nonna's Meatballs

Course/Dish: Beef, Pork
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian




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