Sunday, March 11, 2012

Grandma's Italian Meatballs - World's Best!

My lovely and talented youngest sister, Rebecca, already wrote out the recipe and instructions so I will include those for you below as well as some pictures that I took the last time I made them.  These meatballs are tender, flavorful, and delicious.  I highly recommend them.

1 lb ground beef
1 large garlic clove , minced (or 2 small cloves)
¼ cup plain breadcrumbs
1 large egg
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 (26 ounce) jar Ragu tomato sauce , Old World Style Mushroom
5 raisins

Mix ground beef, garlic, bread crumbs, egg, basil, parmesan cheese, and parsley until combined. Do not overwork meatball mixture.
Make golfball size meatballs with meatball mixture.
Brown meatballs in a frying pan over medium heat, or bake at 375 degrees F for about 15 minutes, until cooked through.
Combine browned meatballs in a pot with sauce and raisins.
Cook covered, simmering gently over low heat, for at least 3 hours and up to 5 hours, stirring gently occasionaly.
If sauce becomes too thick over the course of cooking, a small amount of water can be added to thin it.
Serve over spaghetti, on rolls, or however your heart desires.

This recipe is from my Italian grandmother. The one change she made to get with the times was to use Ragu sauce instead of homemade, and she declared that it still tasted just as good. It's never failed to impress the people I make it for. My husband says these meatballs have forever ruined him to other people's, or even restaurant meatballs. The real secret is in the time you take to slowly cook the meatballs in the sauce. Don't skimp and just toss the sauce on and eat it. It will still taste good, but not anything like it should be. The raisins are meant to absorb the acidity and impart a little sweetness to the sauce. This recipe can easily be multiplied to feed more people.

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1 comment:

  1. You know....I have never made meatballs before! And we raise beef! I'm going to Pin this and try it soon! Thanks!