Ingredients

How to make it

  • Mix beef, eggs, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1/4-1/2 cup parmesan (depending on taste) and parsley in a large bowl
  • Peel and roughly chop garlic, then mash with mortar and pestle along with 1-2 tsp sea salt until a paste is formed
  • Add garlic paste to beef mixture
  • Mix beef gently with hands until just combined. Do not overwork the meat
  • Heat oil in heavy bottomed pan (preferrably cast iron) over medium to medium high heat and preheat oven to 400
  • Form 2-4 tbsp sized meatballs out of the mixture, rolling in your hands gently, and add to the hot oil
  • Continue to add meatballs about 1 inch apart so not to overcrowd the pan (this will take 2-3 batches at least)
  • Cook until browned on one side, then flip meatballs over. Larger meatballs might need to be browned on more than one side
  • Place browned meatballs on greased baking sheet
  • Once all batches of meatballs are browned, place in oven for 5-10 minutes to finish cooking. Smaller meatballs might be completely cooked before the oven, larger meatballs will need around 10 minutes, this is based on preference
  • Once meatballs come out of the oven, sprinkle with remaining tsp of sea salt and serve
  • You can also finish cooking the meatballs in sauce instead of the oven, though you'll lose the crispy exterior (which is my favorite)

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  • mommyluvs2cook 7 months ago
    PSO's original review under this IMI link Meatball Stuffed Shells
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    " It was excellent "
    pointsevenout ate it and said...
    My meat hooks are too big could only squeeze out 32 meatballs.
    Liked the garlic flavor that set the balls apart from a stuffed shell and spaghetti sauce recipe.
    Browned them and finished cooking them stuffed in some shells covered with a chunky spaghetti sauce.
    See also: Italian Meatballs
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  • pleclare 4 years ago
    Sound wonderful!!
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    lilliancooks ate it and said...
    I love to try new meatball recipes! This one was VERY good! This is similar to my own recipe except I add pepper and milk. I love the garlic paste idea and I think I'll do that from now on! I made this exactly as written except I baked mine at 400* for 20 minutes. I served this with the sauce from this recipe...its the best! Eggplants With Mozzarella And Parmesan
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  • carmenperez 4 years ago
    yummmmy t y much
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    " It was excellent "
    taylorsue82 ate it and said...
    I made these up, added them to some sauce, placed on a good hoagie roll topped with mozzerella cheese, baked till cheese was melted, they were fantastic.
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  • baker1313 6 years ago
    My grandmothers recipe also! Excellent and you're right-it does not get better than this! She just added the garlic minced finely and added the salt and pepper. A simple, fabulous recipe!
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    lyanthya ate it and said...
    I just made these with spaghetti for dinner. Absolutely wonderful. Thank you.
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  • srmoore 6 years ago
    These were great!! Made them the other night, were super easy and my kids loved them. It was nice to have something simple with all the ingredients on hand. Thank your Grandma from all us moms trying to keep a whole family happy.
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    dtour ate it and said...
    That's what meatballs are all about.....to compliment the sauce. Your meatballs allowed my sauce to stand out yet what a pleasure to have very tasty meat balls in the sauce...thx. They make great meatball subs!
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  • livewell 6 years ago
    Outstanding. Thanks!
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    " It was excellent "
    justabeginner ate it and said...
    Second time for these. Lost the recipe, so I re-visited. Excellent, Grandma would be proud.
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    " It was excellent "
    pat2me ate it and said...
    Hi, Grifter1

    Your Grandma Rocks!

    Just made your Italian meatballs.......love them!

    I did use only 1 tsp salt (BP, you know) and they're really perfect. Everyone's picking at them and I'm worried about them making it to the dinner table.

    Thanks again, great recipe!
    Pat
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    pat2me ate it and said...
    Thank you for posting this, it's just what I was loooking for!
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    " It was excellent "
    chefjeb ate it and said...
    Your grandmother's recipe is classic. Too many people junk up meatballs with stuff. True Italian meatballs are basic and this recipe captures that. The meat, as you said, must be lean. And don't substitute fake dried parsley. Good ingredients, good recipe. Thanks for sharing.
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