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Italian Meatballs

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Italian Meatballs

Nadia Boachie

Nadia Boachie

Italian Meatballs

Method

Italian Meatballs 7 Steps

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400˚F (if baking instead of frying). Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray.

  • Step 2

    Finely grate 1/4 cup cheese and place in a large bowl. Finely chop 2 cloves garlic, then coarsely chop 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves; add everything to the bowl. Add ground beef, ground pork, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup milk, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper. Mix lightly with a fork until just combined.

  • Step 3

    Form the mixture into 1 1/2-inch meatballs (about 2 tablespoons each), wetting your hands with water as needed to keep the mixture from sticking, and place on a baking sheet so that they are not touching. You should have 16 to 18 meatballs.

  • Step 4

    To bake: Bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until meatballs are browned and cooked through.

  • Step 5

    To fry: Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a 12-inch high-sided sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs in a single layer and cook until browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip the meatballs and brown the other side, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to large plate (the meatballs will not be fully cooked). 

  • Step 6

    Add 1 jar or 3 cups marinara sauce into a sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Gently add the meatballs into the sauce, and reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook meatballs for 5 to 10 minutes or until fully cooked.

  • Step 7

    Serve with pasta, polenta or use to make your favourite meatball sub! 

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Cooking At Home

Toronto Restaurants

Italian Meatballs

Easy

Italian Meatballs

Nadia Boachie

Nadia Boachie

Italian Meatballs

Yields:

Serves 4

Prep Time:

0 hours 20 mins

Cook Time:

0 hours 20 mins

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Ingredients

Italian Meatballs

  • 3/4 lbs lean ground beef

  • 3/4 lbs ground pork

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan or pecorino

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • Polenta, to serve (optional)

  • 1 jar or 3 cups marinara sauce (homemade or store bought)

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Method

Italian Meatballs 7 Steps

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400˚F (if baking instead of frying). Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray.

  • Step 2

    Finely grate 1/4 cup cheese and place in a large bowl. Finely chop 2 cloves garlic, then coarsely chop 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves; add everything to the bowl. Add ground beef, ground pork, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup milk, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper. Mix lightly with a fork until just combined.

  • Step 3

    Form the mixture into 1 1/2-inch meatballs (about 2 tablespoons each), wetting your hands with water as needed to keep the mixture from sticking, and place on a baking sheet so that they are not touching. You should have 16 to 18 meatballs.

  • Step 4

    To bake: Bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until meatballs are browned and cooked through.

  • Step 5

    To fry: Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a 12-inch high-sided sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs in a single layer and cook until browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip the meatballs and brown the other side, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to large plate (the meatballs will not be fully cooked). 

  • Step 6

    Add 1 jar or 3 cups marinara sauce into a sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Gently add the meatballs into the sauce, and reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook meatballs for 5 to 10 minutes or until fully cooked.

  • Step 7

    Serve with pasta, polenta or use to make your favourite meatball sub! 

Tags:

Cooking At Home

Toronto Restaurants

Italian Meatballs