We Like Meatballs

One of my good friends enjoys sharing recipe throwdowns with posts on gingersnaps and sugar cookies from Alton to Martha. I wouldn’t consider this post a throwdown, but we have been on a bit of a meatball kick. First, we tried my friend Catherine’s recipe.
The Circus loved them. It’s a bit like meat candy. I had to alter the recipe a bit. I only had white vinegar (gasp, I know some people use it only as a cleaning agent) and hickory barbeque sauce, but no one minded. I’ll definitely be adding this to my monthly meal plans. However, I’ll probably grate the onion, since Pinky Stinky had a fit once she saw them.
Later in the week, I had the special privilege of making more meatballs with a wonderful Italian lady.
V&V’s mom was visiting from Venice, Italy. The Kid and I were lucky enough to make meatballs with her. She spoke to me in Italian the entire time, as if I could understand her. I was in hog heaven.
The mix seemed standard enough, with parsley, garlic, egg, bread soaked in milk and dry breadcrumbs. Fresh Grana cheese from Venice was a special addition.
Beef and pork, rolled in dry breadcrumbs. Browned in oil and simmered in canned tomatoes and water.
Tender, melt-in-your-mouth perfection.
I attempted to recreate the recipe tonight. The Circus loved the meatballs, but it was a far cry from what I sampled last week. I couldn’t recreate the tender texture. I also used fresh parmesan, which doesn’t substitute well for the Grana. I’m going to work on the recipe and post it when it’s a bit more perfected. It gives me a chance to make more meatballs.

I had to start Jillian’s 30-day Shred work out today. But it’s worth it.

5 thoughts on “We Like Meatballs

  1. I’m so glad you guys liked them! It’s good to know they still taste good even with a few substituted ingredients. But I definitely want to see the recipe for those Italian ones when you get it perfected! Those look amazing!

  2. The meetballs look delicious! We’ll have to try them when you come to Utah. Good luck on the 30-day Shred. Sounds exhausting but I’m sure you will get incredible results.

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