Thursday, December 10, 2009


Alright, I know I am your cooking guru, and you anxiously await my every dictum from on high, but really, all the shameless begging for recipes is too much. It is Christmas, you know, and I have much cooking to do, let alone churning out blogs twice or three times a week. But, actually, when you beg for specific recipes, it does make my life a little easier...I don't have to pull blog posts out of my rear.

So here are a couple of meatball recipes for Stephanie. The first one is Nonna's, my Italian mother-in-law. They are a family favorite, but a little bland for my taste. The second is my kicked up one. (Lord, I hate that phrase, kicked up, but I couldn't think of a more descriptive adjective. I must be losing my edge).

Nonna's meatball

Have the butcher grind you a pound of sirloin. (This part seems a bit ridiculous to me and I never actually do it, but Nonna does, so I include it here.)
To the ground meat add:
1/2 C parmesan cheese
1/2 breadcrumbs
2 T chopped fresh basil
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 c minced onion

 Add and lightly mix in 4 eggs. Yes, 4 eggs. It seems like a ridculous amount, but that is how much she uses.
Wet hands and form into 3" flat balls. Saute in olive oil and add to sauce to finish cooking.

Okay, that's it. I guess my second meatball recipe isn't actually that much different, I just made a few changes. To the meat add 2 T chopped parsley, 1 tsp cayenne, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 cup ricotta cheese. Yes, ricotta. It makes for incredibly moist and tender meatballs.

So, give it a try. Remember, the two keys to good meatballs: don't overmix, they'll get tough, and don't overcook in the saute pan before you put them in the sauce, they'll get dried out. Buon Appetito!


StephanieS said...

Merci beaucoup ma chere. You are fast girl. I'm making them for my parents for Christmas with a bunch of other homemade food items.

Salome Cedergren said...

In Sweden we use "mix mice" for our meatballs.
50% minced beef and 50% minced pork.

Personally I never use a recipe, I just take as much mince as I need and then I mix it up with a couple of eggs, some boiled & mashed potato, bread crumbs, pre fried onion, salt, black pepper and cumin until I have the right texture.
Fry them in butter for better taste, and once they have a nice colour all around them, shove them in the oven. (put them in a china dish and cover with tin foil to prevent them going dry - and they will be well cooked all through!)

Eat your meatballs with home made beet root salad on dark brown bread or with Bearnaise sauce and mashed potatoe (unless you prefer gray, that is :)

Salome Cedergren said...

Haha, I meant "mix mince and not mix mice.

The Mendon Foodie said...

Salome, I like your recipe for homemade Swedish meatballs. I will definitely try it. My recipe is for Italian-American meatballs. I do have a Swedish meatball recipe from my mom, but it is not at all like yours. Can't wait to try it!