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Old 03-27-2008, 12:51 PM
 
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Does anyone out there have a good italian meatball recipe to share. Ive tried many but they come out dry, like a big hamburger ball. Im looking for juicy ones, with lots of flavor - maybe crock pot ones?
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Old 03-27-2008, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Did you use more than one kind of meat? I've noticed that the best meatball recipes always blend 2-3 kinds.

Here's one that looks good. (3 meats)

Italian Meatballs Recipe - CHOW

This one looks simpler. (2 meats)

Meatballs Recipe | Recipezaar


Also, maybe the ground beef you are using is too lean?
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Old 03-27-2008, 01:33 PM
 
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Mixing ground beef, ground pork and veal is great. If you can't get veal (which I can't) just use pork and beef. I add chopped garlic or garlic powder, salt/pepper, eggs (1 per lb of meat), parsley, lots of parm cheese and then white bread soaked in water and squeezed-crumble into meat mix. Don't overmix or meat will get tough.

I drop mine into my sauce-found frying them toughens them.

Also panko bread crumbs in place or damp bread works well.
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Old 03-27-2008, 01:40 PM
 
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i do what LaceyEX does without the soaked bread.
i then put them in the oven and THEN put them in the sauce.
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Old 03-27-2008, 01:58 PM
 
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I have tried serveral times to make meatballs, they come out like lead sinkers, lol!
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Old 03-27-2008, 02:00 PM
 
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Denise- maybe mixing too much? Try the bread or panko instead of dried breadcrumbs.
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Old 03-28-2008, 07:40 AM
 
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Denise- maybe mixing too much? Try the bread or panko instead of dried breadcrumbs.
For moist meatballs how much breadcrumbs per lb of meat do I use.?
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Old 03-28-2008, 07:58 AM
 
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For 1 pound I use 2 slices of white bread-moistened and crumbled. If using dried I would start with 1/3 cup, mix and check texture. You just want them to hold together.
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:39 PM
 
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I add in chopped sun dried tomatoes, with a little oil, and add parm cheese in the meatball mix. tastey.
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:07 PM
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The one I use is:
1# 80/20 ground beef
1 c dry bread crumbs
1/2 c. parmesan
2 eggs
1 cl garlic, minced
2 T chopped fresh parsley
salt/pepper
These are kind of dry meatballs..they hold their own in a sauce. I bake them in a 375 degree oven for about 20 mins, then add sauce and simmer for awhile.
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