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Italian Meatballs


Posted: December 28

Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

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Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t love Italian Meatballs? Everyone’s face lights up when they realize they’re about to dig into a tender meatball packed with beef and pork. Seasoned with playful Italian herbs, these meatballs are perfect whether balanced atop a plate of spaghetti or nestled in a sandwich. You can even freeze Italian Meatballs for easy meal preparation!


Ingredients

3 slices white bread, crusts removed, diced
2/3 cup cold water
1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 large egg
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil (if sautéing)

Directions

Step 1

Combine the diced bread in a large bowl with the cold water.

Step 2

Set the soaked bread aside for 5 minutes, then mash it with a fork.

Step 3

Into the bowl of mashed bread, add the ground beef, ground pork, parmesan cheese, egg, minced garlic cloves, parsley, salt, and black pepper.

Step 4

Use your hands to stir the mixture together, just until well combined. Be careful not to overmix it, as that will result in tough meatballs.

Step 5

Portion the meatball mixture onto a lined baking sheet (about 2 tablespoons per meatball).

Step 6

With wet hands, roll meatballs into 1 1/2 inch diameter balls.

To sauté:
Step 1

Heat a large non-stick pan over the stove-top on medium heat.

Step 2

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Step 3

Once the oil is hot, add the meatballs to the skillet, placing them one at a time, and cooking in batches to get a good sear.

Step 4

Turn the meatballs every 2 minutes until evenly browned and the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F, about 6-8 minutes total.

To bake:
Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

Place the meatballs on a lined baking sheet 2 inches apart.

Step 3

Bake until fully cooked and centers reach 160 degrees F, about 20-23 minutes.

Step 4

If you want a prettier color to your meatballs, broil for the last 2-3 minutes.

Step 5

Serve hot!


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