Simone’s Famous Italian Meatballs
January 1, 2017
I created these meatballs in the early 1970's & have never changed the original recipe because they've always gotten rave reviews. A bit labor intensive, but actually fun to make & well worth the effort. Once you taste these, mellowed in pasta sauce, you'll think you've gone to Italian heaven!
Yield: approximately 36 meatballs - serves 18 to 36
3 lbs grass fed ground beef, 85 lean/15 fat
2 1/2 cups Progresso Italian style bread crumbs
2 cups grated Parmesan or Parmesan/Romano cheese
1/4 cup granulated garlic powder
1/8 cup fresh ground or coarse ground (store-bought) black pepper
3 - gallon sized, plastic, zip-top freezer bags . Label & date.
1 Remove eggs & beef from frig about 1 hour before making meatballs. This removes the chill for easier handling.
2 Pour oil into a 5.5 quart Dutch oven or pot & set aside.
3 Whisk the eggs in a 4 quart glass bowl.
4 Add beef, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic & black pepper to the bowl of eggs.
5 Firmly squish knead the mixture with your hands for a few minutes & keep turning over till everything is extremely well combined.
6 Break off pieces & use a meatball tool to get even amounts of mixture (see Tip#1). Firmly squish meatball amount in your hands & then roll around in cupped hands till you form a round dense ball about 1 1/2". Place on a large platter.
7 Continue the process till all the mixture is used up. This is a good time to thoroughly wash your hands.
8 Heat oil on med-high till very hot, about 7 minutes. While waiting; line a large platter or baking sheet with 6 layers of paper towels & set aside.
9 Place 9 meatballs into hot oil, one at a time, not touching & be careful not to burn your fingers. Oil should bubble as soon as you put the meat in. Reduce heat to medium. Cook 4 minutes till browning, DO NOT move meatballs around during this time.
10 Using a slotted spoon; carefully scrape under each meatball to release & turn over. Cook another 3 minutes. Stir the meatballs around for a minute till they're completely browned & crusty all around & then remove them to the papered platter.
11 Repeat steps 9 & 10 till all the meatballs are cooked (see Tip# 2). As you cook more batches, they'll take a little less time to cook on each side. Raise & lower heat during cooking, if necessary.
12 Allow to cool to room temperature, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. If you want to eat some now, move onto step# 14.
13 Once cooled place 1/3 of the meatballs, in a single layer, in each plastic bag. Be sure to remove as much air as possible, then freeze.
14 To serve; place 1 cup (per person) of your favorite pasta sauce in an appropriately sized saucepan. Add frozen meatballs (generally 1 to 2 per person). Heat, partially covered, on low/warm heat for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally, till meatballs are fully defrosted & heated all the way through. It's important to cook for a good length of time to allow the sauce to cook into the meatballs & mellow the flavor.
15 Serve over your favorite pasta or Zoodles & sprinkle with grated or shredded Parmesan cheese.
Tips & Suggestions
1 Using a a meatball tool will give you evenly sized meatballs & best cooking results. If you can't find one locally you can order a Norpro Stainless Steel Meat Baller online from Amazon.com.
2 As you cook batches a froth will form & oil will get very bubbly. Using a serving spoon; skim off froth, as you go along & put in a heat resistant cup.
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9 thoughts on “Simone’s Famous Italian Meatballs”
Wow, these meatballs look great. I love to try these.
We make vegetarian balls so this procedure is quite similar. Yes, I’ll try these meatballs. 🙂 thanks for sharing.
I never thought to fry my meatballs in oil. I bet the crispy outside makes them the bomb. Way to think outside of the box.
This looks so tempting and delicious and a wonderful idea to use the tool to create uniform shapes!
Love meatballs, they make for easy dinners with pasta or salads and kids love them too!! I never used the meatballs tool before and always struggle to get them all looking the same.
These meatballs look and sound delicious. I love how perfectly round they are. I have to get one of those meatball tools!
WOw, I love this recipe and how round yours turns out. I wish I could get them that good looking but they are good tasting!
I am never quite satisfied with my meatballs, and I have never tried a cooking method like yours. Definitely trying this!
I hope you love them as much as I do Kris! Stop back by & let me know, once you cook them… I always like to hear feedback 🙂