Monday, October 15, 2012

Italian - Style Meatballs

I was inspired to make these meatballs after reading one of Elizabeth Falkner's books during a visit to my favorite bookstore.  She was the chef known for her pastries in "The Next Iron Chef," and she competed in the finale against Chef Geoffrey Zakarian.  Although he created some exquisite works of art, I thought she matched him, and I just liked her better.

In many books that I've read, I've noticed that pastry chefs often tell you to work with cold butter to create those delicate air pockets that make the end products so flaky and airy.  In Chef Falkner's book, she advised to keep your meatball mixture chilled, keeping the amount of contact with your body temperature hands at a minimal.  There's something about the emulsification of the fat during the cooking process that keeps the meatballs tender and possibly velvety.  Although she simmered her meatballs in stock, I found it easier to bake mine on this occasion.  Just wait till I share my Italian Wedding Soup recipe, though.  Those stock - simmered meatballs were extraordinary, in my opinion!

I didn't follow Falkner's recipe down to every ingredient, but I think I was close.  (I used what I had in my pantry at the time!)

  • 8 oz. ground beef
  • 4 oz. ground pork
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs (panko are my favorite)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Combine bread crumbs & milk.  Mix well.
  2. Combine with remaining ingredients, mixing as lightly as possible with a large spoon.
  3. Roll into small meatballs, about an inch each.  Lay on top of a large pan with parchment paper.
  4. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Bake meatballs about 20 minutes or until done.
  7. Optional:  serve with tomato sauce on bed of angel hair pasta as shown..don't forget the shaved parmesan!


  1. I've had this recipe bookmarked for a long time and finally made it last night. The meatballs were delicious and so tender. I'm glad to see you are still blogging, as I really love your recipes.

  2. Hi Linda! I'm so glad you tried and enjoyed the recipe. I had a chance to check out your blogs, too. They look great. You're so creative!! Thanks for commenting, too.