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Slow Simmered Italian Meatballs With Gravy

Updated on February 18, 2017

Meaty Goodness

I will have to admit that most of times that I have tried them, and I really just don't like them. Most children will just take a good look at the meatballs and snarl up their noses. I am no exception. Sometimes the meatballs I have tried, just don't have any flavor whatsoever. There seems to be a lot of meat but, just not a lot of flavor. I have also had meatballs that were very large. Then, there is the contrast of having really small meatballs. I think that I have to say that I prefer medium size meatballs. This way you can make sure that they are cooked all the way through. If you have a particular food that you don't like, it is hard to make yourself try it. When this happens, it makes me ask myself ask why am I eating this at all?

Over the years and as we all grow older, our taste buds change and we develop different tastes for food. This is how my love of meatballs began. Branching out as far as different flavors are concerned, can give you a lot of possibilities of different styles of meatballs.

In taking a closer look at this recipe, it reminds me of a meatball recipe that my grandmother used to make for us on Sunday. We would walk into her home on Sunday afternoons and the smell meets you as you come in the door.

There are meatballs that are slow cooked to perfection in saucy goodness. The Italian seasoning that is recommended to go in the meatballs give them a nice flavor that is like no other. The meatballs are a hearty meal and can easily be served with one or two sides and some bread. Serve with a side of rice and a salad. Then you would have a decent feast. In the south, we have this saying about having food stick to your ribs. There is no doubt, that this is one of those stick-to-your-ribs kind of food.

I think that this goes without saying that you could serve these as appetizers. They could be served on a plate with toothpicks stuck in them or you could serve them in the actual crock pot you cooked them in.

I hope that you will be able to try this recipe and I hope that you will leave your comments at the bottom of this page.

Gravy and Meatballs Are Delicious

Meatballs and gravy are an excellent combination.  Of course, when it comes to meatballs, there are many ways they can be served.
Meatballs and gravy are an excellent combination. Of course, when it comes to meatballs, there are many ways they can be served. | Source

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Meatballs Will Travel

Being from the south, I can promise you that we love to have gatherings and lots of them. At all or at least 98% of them, there will be some type of food. I would dare say that everyone loves to eat. Whether you are making these to take to work or cooking these at home, making them to take to church, or taking them to our family gatherings, such as football parties, birthdays or holidays, they are always a big hit!

These meatballs will serve eight people. I would say depending on how large the meatballs are will make a difference in how many people can be served as well. I prefer smaller-medium meatballs maybe 1/2"-1" in diameter. Then I would make some extra sauce for dipping.

Make these meatballs in a crockpot. Bring some extra large towels so, that you don't get burned trying to hold on to the crockpot. They can either be transported in the crockpot (if you are going somewhere that they will be able to be served warm), or your can transfer them to the serving dish of your choice and bring them with you to your gathering.

Parsley is Truly Italian!

Parsley is a very important ingredient when making Italian meatballs with gravy. Parsley adds just the right taste.
Parsley is a very important ingredient when making Italian meatballs with gravy. Parsley adds just the right taste. | Source

Where to Serve

Since meatballs will travel so well, they can be hauled to the football game on Saturday whether tailgating or at a friend's house.

You could also bring them in the crockpot to the potluck lunch on Sunday at church or the lunch at work.

During the holidays such as Christmas, you could find a more festive looking serving dish and make your meatballs look really enticing and have a nice presentation as well.

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Homemade Italian Meatballs

What you will need..

  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs, fine, dry
  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, snipped
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 lbs. raw turkey, ground
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 1 (10 3/4oz) can cream of mushroom soup, reduced sodium, condensed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (15 or 16oz) envelope turkey gravy mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon peel, finely shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme, dried, crushed
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • mashed potatoes or buttered noodles
  • snipped fresh parsley (optional)
  • parmesan cheese, sprinkled, on top of the meatballs, optional

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Cream of mushroom soup is not only an ingredient in this dish but it's a great tasting soup on tin own.
Cream of mushroom soup is not only an ingredient in this dish but it's a great tasting soup on tin own. | Source

How To Make..

  1. In a large bowl, combine eggs, bread crumbs, onion, celery, 2 tablespoons parsley, Italian seasoning, pepper and garlic powder. Add the ground turkey and mix all of this together well. Shape into 1 1/2" balls.
  2. In a large skillet brown the meatballs, half at a time in hot oil. If necessary, add additional oil. Then when done, drain the meatballs. Transfer the meatballs to a 3 1/2-4 quart slow cooker.
  3. In a large bowl, combine soup, water, gravy mix, lemon peel, thyme and bay leaf. Pour the gravy over the meatballs. Cover and cook on low heat setting for 6-8 hours (depending on how your crockpot cooks), or on high heat for 3-4 hours, once again, (depending on how your crockpot cooks). Then discard the bay leaf.
  4. Served with mashed potatoes or noodles. Sprinkle with additional snipped fresh parsley. If you like, you could sprinkle some additional Italian seasoning.
  5. Also, this would be great with some parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

Additional Information..

The prep time for this dish is 30 minutes.

The cook time Slow Cooker on Low equals 6 hours of cook time.

The cook time Slow Cooker on High equals 3 hours of cook time.

This recipe makes eight servings. The slow cooker that was used for this recipe is 3 1/2 to 4 quarts in size.

Seasoned Bread Crumbs

Bread crumbs truly help set this delicious meal into orbit.
Bread crumbs truly help set this delicious meal into orbit. | Source

Your Cook Time..

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 6 hours
Ready in: 6 hours 30 min
Yields: Makes 8 servings.

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    • Monis Mas profile image

      Aga 3 years ago

      Awesome recipe. I love meatballs.

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      Robert Loescher 3 years ago from Michigan

      Then you are officially a friend of Chef ManCave. :-)

      I inherited my fry pan from my mom who got it from her mom. The pan must be 100 years old...no exaggeration. How old is yours?

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      Buster Johnson 3 years ago from Alabama

      Yes we do.

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      Robert Loescher 3 years ago from Michigan

      I love using meatballs in "slow cook" recipes. Worlds simplest meatball stew is meatballs, potatoes and carrots. When you cook it for 6 hours it tastes even better plus your house smells great for 6 hours. Not many people would notice and it is a "stock photo" but I noticed your lead-off picture features a cast iron fry pan. Do you use a cast iron pan for your meatballs?