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Italian Meatballs

Updated on August 23, 2017

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5 stars from 2 ratings of Jo Jo's Meatballs

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This is one of my favorite foods and definitely a comfort food for me. I grew up eating meatballs my mother made, my grandmother made, and even my beloved Uncle Russ made. I was really a tomboy, so I never paid too much attention to how they were made, but with all the times they were made I saw enough to make my own when I grew up and had my own children.

I spent the last 30-35 years tweaking and finally wrote down my recipe. I am the kind of person who loves a recipe. My husband laughs because he doesn't think a recipe is necessary, but when he makes something and it doesn't come out the same every time he makes it, then I get the last laugh.

Every time I made meatballs they were sometimes great, sometimes terrible, and sometimes just okay. On top of that, often I would forget an ingredient! That was so frustrating because I would remember later--after they were all cooked!!!!

So I finally decided to write it down. One of my better decisions. :-) So now, even though I've made meatballs hundreds of times over the years, I always take out my recipe and check it just to make sure I don't forget anything.

The other reason I started writing down my family recipes is for my children. Now that they are grown with families of their own they are at that point where they want to make the foods they grew up eating for their own families. I found myself trying my best to explain what "a little of this" or a "bunch of that" really is, but it's difficult to explain on the phone!

And that's why I started these hub pages. I wanted to collect my recipes all in one place and when they ask me for a recipe I can just send them a link.

Here we go. I hope you enjoy them! Do a little tweaking of your own. Mangia!

Step By Step

Here is everything you need. Ground beef, day old bread, milk, eggs, garlic, parsley, coarse salt, grated cheese, and oil for frying.
Here is everything you need. Ground beef, day old bread, milk, eggs, garlic, parsley, coarse salt, grated cheese, and oil for frying.
Start with a large bowl and half a loaf of day old Italian bread. Or a few days old. Just don't use fresh bread or bread crumbs. It really makes a difference.
Start with a large bowl and half a loaf of day old Italian bread. Or a few days old. Just don't use fresh bread or bread crumbs. It really makes a difference.
Break up the bread into small pieces in the bowl.
Break up the bread into small pieces in the bowl.
Add about a cup of milk.
Add about a cup of milk.
Mix it up with your hands and let it soak in for a few minutes.
Mix it up with your hands and let it soak in for a few minutes.
Peel at least 4 large cloves of garlic or a bit more if you are a garlic lover like I am.
Peel at least 4 large cloves of garlic or a bit more if you are a garlic lover like I am.
Chop up the garlic as coarse or as fine as you prefer.
Chop up the garlic as coarse or as fine as you prefer.
Add the garlic to the bread and milk.
Add the garlic to the bread and milk.
Here we have a cup of grated Parmesan-Romano cheese, 1/3 cup of dried parsley (or you could always use fresh chopped parsley--I just happened to have this on hand), a tablespoon of coarse salt, and four eggs.
Here we have a cup of grated Parmesan-Romano cheese, 1/3 cup of dried parsley (or you could always use fresh chopped parsley--I just happened to have this on hand), a tablespoon of coarse salt, and four eggs.
Add it all to the bowl...
Add it all to the bowl...
and mix it well with your hands.
and mix it well with your hands.
Now, go get your 4-5 pounds of ground beef. And make sure it's not ground sirloin! You really need some fat when you're making meatballs, otherwise they will be too dry. Ground Chuck is best, but no leaner than Ground Round.
Now, go get your 4-5 pounds of ground beef. And make sure it's not ground sirloin! You really need some fat when you're making meatballs, otherwise they will be too dry. Ground Chuck is best, but no leaner than Ground Round.
Add the ground beef to the bread mixture about a half pound or so at a time and mix it well with your hands.
Add the ground beef to the bread mixture about a half pound or so at a time and mix it well with your hands.
Here it is! All mixed up. (I really wish I had been able to get some fresh parsley for this. It's so much better!)
Here it is! All mixed up. (I really wish I had been able to get some fresh parsley for this. It's so much better!)
Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. This gives the ingredients a chance to really blend.
Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. This gives the ingredients a chance to really blend.
Charlie and Jake want to know if it's ready yet.
Charlie and Jake want to know if it's ready yet.
Let's see. Looks about right and it's been about 45 minutes.
Let's see. Looks about right and it's been about 45 minutes.
Get a large frying pan and add about a 1/4 to a half inch of cooking oil. Heat on medium high.
Get a large frying pan and add about a 1/4 to a half inch of cooking oil. Heat on medium high.
Start gently rolling the balls to the desired size while the oil is heating. Don't over roll the meat or the meatballs will turn out dry and tough.
Start gently rolling the balls to the desired size while the oil is heating. Don't over roll the meat or the meatballs will turn out dry and tough.
Add the meatballs to the hot oil. Leave space between each one.
Add the meatballs to the hot oil. Leave space between each one.
Cook on all sides of the meatballs until they are nicely browned all over. Remove the browned ones to a bowl or plate lined with paper towels and add more meatballs as room allows.
Cook on all sides of the meatballs until they are nicely browned all over. Remove the browned ones to a bowl or plate lined with paper towels and add more meatballs as room allows.
Now we're done. We always had some "dry" and some "wet." Mom cooked some in the sauce and left some to eat without the sauce.
Now we're done. We always had some "dry" and some "wet." Mom cooked some in the sauce and left some to eat without the sauce.
Here it is in sauce with some rigatoni. Mangia!
Here it is in sauce with some rigatoni. Mangia!

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: Approximately 20 large meatballs

Ingredients

  • 4-5 pounds Ground Beef, chuck or round
  • 1/2 loaf Italian Brad, at least a day or two old
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4-5 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1/3 cup dried parsley, (or a large handful of fresh parsley, chopped)
  • 1 cup grated cheese, Parmesan, Romano, or a mix of both

Jo Jo's Meatballs

  1. Place in large bowl: bread and milk and mix lightly with hands.
  2. Add: garlic, eggs, parsley, cheese, mix well with hands.
  3. Add meat about a pound at a time and mix well.
  4. Cover loosely with dish towel and allow meat to sit on counter about 30 minutes or so.
  5. Heat skillet on med high heat with about half an inch of cooking oil.
  6. Shape into large balls.
  7. When oil is hot add meatballs in batches without touching each other and cook on all sides until nice and brown.
  8. Add more oil as needed to keep enough oil in pan to cook meatballs and adjust heat as needed if the meatballs are getting brown on the outside too quickly they may not be getting cooked on the inside.
  9. Remove the cooked meatballs from pan and place in bowl or plate lined with paper towels and add more meatballs to the pan.

© 2015 Joy Roma

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