Showing posts with label meatballs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label meatballs. Show all posts

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Perfect Italian Meatball

Happy Monday to you my friends. I hope you are all doing well and in good health! 

Yesterday for lunch I made classic spaghetti and meatballs. If you follow me on Instagram you already saw these pictures but I wanted to share how our family makes their meatballs because to me, they are pure perfection!  

So what better gif than the one below to begin this meatball post :-)

"This is the night, it's a beautiful night 
And we call it Bella Notte
Look at the skies, they have stars in their eyes
On this lovely Bella Notte"

....Oh, how I love this movie....

In Italy the meatballs are usually a little smaller than a ping pong ball. That's the size our family makes them. There are some regions in Italy where they are as small as marbles. I remember when I was in fourth grade and living in the States, I was invited to dinner at a friend's house and my friend's mother had made spaghetti and meatballs. They were huge!! They were the size of a baseball I tell you! I was so used to seeing tiny meatballs that when I saw those suckers I was pretty shocked LOL. 

Here are the ingredients I use for my meatballs: 

- 500 grams of lean ground beef 
 - one egg, 
 - 3 tablespoons of plain bread crumbs, 
 - 2 tablespoons of fresh cut parsley, 
 - 3 tablespoons of grated pecorino romano cheese
 - dash salt and pepper 
 - half a clove of garlic minced

Mix all of the ingredients well and make sure to cut the garlic very small. 

Roll into little balls the size of small ping pong balls. 

A little family secret of ours is to dip your fingers in red wine when you are rolling the meatballs out. Just put some red wine in a small bowl and add a small amount on your finger tips when rolling out the meatballs. This adds a little more flavor and makes the outside of the meatball a little crispier. 

Add some high quality frying oil to a large frying pan and begin adding the meatballs once the oil has heated sufficiently. 

You will see that they brown rather quickly. Flip them over with a fork or a spoon after about 2-3 minutes and fry the other side. 

After they have browned all around you can remove them from heat and set them aside in a dish on top of a napkin or paper towel to absorb any excess oil. 

This is the way I prefer them...without the sauce and nice and hot... ahhh so good! 

If you want to add them to your sauce, you can at this point. Just heat them together with the sauce that you have already made and serve atop your pasta. 

If you are wondering what kind of cheese that is, it is shredded cacioriccota cheese which is typical of the Apulia and Basilicata regions. It goes very well with any type of meat sauce. 

Buon appetito  and happy start to the new week :-)

PS - I think I might be starting my Christmas decorating very soon... I can't help it! Seeing decorations everywhere in the stores is bringing on my Christmas Spirit!