I have a cookbook by Dom DeLuise, Eat This… It’ll Make You Feel Better! In it he gives great stories about his mother’s Italian home cooking and other favorites of his family and friends. I received this book, I think, as a wedding gift from my sister.
It has lots of wonderful recipes but the one we come back to time and time again is for his mom’s meatballs. They are the traditional Sunday Meal meatball. My family asks for these frequently and we have even given them as a gift during the holidays.
Dom’s Mom’s Meatballs
You can vary the ratio of beef to pork as long as you end up with 2 1/2 to
3 pounds. We generally get around 48 – 50 meatballs when using a number
2 pounds ground chuck
1/2 pound ground pork
2 cups Italian bread crumbs
1 cup milk
1c fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup grated cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped very fine
1 onion, minced
Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Let stand for 1/2
hour. Shape into medium-sized meatballs. Fry gently in olive oil until
lightly browned, or place on foil on a cookie sheet and bake for 1/2 hour at
350 degrees. Gently place in your own spaghetti sauce and cook on medium-low
heat for an hour.