I am going to make a huge pot of meatballs for an upcoming Halloween party. I did a test run yesterday making Frankie's Meatballs. I liked them, but they lacked a bit of zest (maybe needed some onion, more parsley or red pepper flakes). In any event, I am going to make a small batch of Mama's Meatballs from Rocco Dispirito. This recipe has onions, more parsley and some red pepper flakes, so it looks like it might be tasty.
Has anyone tried this recipe?
Sicillian meatballs, hands down the best meatball recipe ever. Better than my Sicillian mother and grandmother's - i'm not kidding you. The difference? First off, they use italian sausage instead of the typical beef/pork/veal blend. Second, they add a small amount of currant for a VERY subtle sweetness that is nearly undectable. Third, the toasted pine nuts are a nice touch, and Fourth, they are baked and far better than any pan-fried meatball I've ever had. After baking, plob them in your homemade sauce and I'm promise you, you and anyone that tries them will be in heaven. Here's a link:
Incidentally, I always put onions in my meatballs and my sauce. Oh, and Mama always used Locatelli pecorino romano in place of parm. A bit more tang!
adding onions, carrots, peppers, any vegetable to a meatball makes it a meatloaf rolled into a ball.
garlic, romano, salt, pepper, 1 egg, and very, very little seasoned crumb. thats it. slow cooked, allowed to rest in the sauce and then gently re-warmed. good stuff!
Good validation here for my meatball recipe. I always use onions, even just dried minced ones. Also use Locatelli romano, more flavor than parm.