Sunday, January 2, 2011

Mama Iuliucci's FAMOUS MEAT-A-BALLS (Italian Meatballs)

I have been searching for a tender, delicious meatball recipe for years. I have come up with many different recipes but I could not find a recipe that was consistently tender each time I made them. So in December I thought I would try again and I googled best meatball recipes and found Mama luliucci's Famous Meat-a-Balls on Since this recipe got great reviews I decided to give it a try. I followed the recipe except for the addition of milk or water to add extra moisture. I am pleased to say that after making these recipe three times that the meatballs were both tender and delicious. On Christmas Eve, I made these meatballs for Meatball Sliders which were awesome and the photo comes from our leftovers used for Spaghetti and Meatballs. All four of my taste testers (Kelsey, Nigel, Tim and Taryn) agreed that this recipe was a keeper. Give it a try and I am sure you will agree!

Buon appetito! Kim

36 meatballs
• 2 lbs lean ground beef (I used 1 1/4 lb. lean beef and 3/4 lb. ground veal)
• 8 -10 slices white bread, broken into small 1/2 inch pieces (or you can use rolls or any stale bread you have and want to use up....I used stale french loaf and grated it so the chunks were not as big))
• 2 eggs, slightly beaten
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)
• 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (or to taste)
• 2 teaspoons parsley flakes (or to taste)
• 1/4-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (or Locatelli)
• 1 -2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4-1/2 teaspoon black pepper
• olive oil or vegetable oil (for frying)
1/2 cup milk or water ( my addition to recipe)


Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Mix all ingredients gently in a large bowl until well combined.
2. Roll meatballs 1 1/2- 1 3/4" in diameter.
3. Heat about 1/4" of oil over medium heat in a large frying pan.
Fry meatballs in oil, rolling frequently, until evenly browned and juices run clear.
Drop meatballs in your favorite sauce and let simmer for a while to flavor sauce or just serve with your favorite pasta and sauce.
Tip: You can also bake or broil these if the frying part is too much of a hassle-- I use my broiler pan if I bake them, so the fat drips down and away from the meatballs.


  1. These meatballs are to die for! So tender and delicious, even as leftovers!

  2. These meatballs sound great, I am going to try them out this week. I am too lazy to fry them, so I am going to try and bake them. I'll let you know how it goes.


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