Italian style meatballs!
Crock pot meatballs made Italian style fast and easy with Dante's secret meatball recipe!
...If you like Italian style homemade meatballs then you are in the right place! My name is Dante Fillipiano and as a person of traditional Italian heritage I have enjoyed some of the best tasting mouth watering homemade meatballs you could ever image! My personal meatball recipe is very simple and easy to follow.
One pound ground beef. 2 cups of stale Italian bread broken in small pieces - (You may use bread crumbs instead of Italian bread but note that using real Italian bread gives a much better flavor). 1/2 cup of grated Romano cheese. 2 eggs. 1/4 cup of milk. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil. 1/4 teaspoons of kosher salt and ground pepper. 2 cloves of crushed garlic. 1/2 teaspoons of parley and basil. 1 diced onion. 1/3 cup of water plus or minus.
Mix everything together in a large bowl making sure to use only enough water so as to allow the mix to remain moist. Mold the meatballs into the desired size and cook choosing one of the cooking venues as listed below.
There are two different ways which I recommend to cook meatballs as follows;
1. For fast cooking - Place the meatballs into a lightly greased cooking pan. Pre-heat your oven on bake at 400 degrees. Place meatballs into the oven and set the timer on 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn the meatballs over to prevent burning on one side and then place back into the oven for another 20 minutes (plus or minus)- cooking time may vary depending on your type of oven.
2. For slow cooking moister meatballs - Use a crock pot. Place the meatballs into the crock pot containing a sauce mix of your choosing -A basic marinara sauce is my recommendation. I would suggest to start with the temperature on high for about 4 hours then turn the temperature down to it's lowest setting for about 3 hours. I know that this may sound like a long time but you must remember that the longer you allow the meatballs to simmer - the more flavorful and moist they will become. I personally like my meats cooked well so I do keep everything cooking for about a seven hour period. I would stress that crock pots tend to vary in cooking time, so use your own discretion and cut open a meatball from time to time to make sure that it is fully cooked before eating.
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