Nov 9, 2011
We at In the Kitchen are thrilled that you love Stefano's special family recipe for Spaghetti and Meatballs--it's one of the most popular on the site so far! In case you missed the recipe or Stefano sharing why it's so special, we're featuring his story again. And if you missed the episode, don't worry--you can watch it right here!
Growing up, my Mom and my Grandma made meatballs almost every Sunday. They were the typical Italian kind of meatball -- a mixture of veal, pork, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, egg and a bit of fresh parsley. The best thing about their Sunday meatballs was that there was a good chance I'd get a really good meatball sandwich in my lunch the next day.
You can start a meatball-making tradition at your house too. Take a trip to your local butcher and pick out a nice cut of meat. Try beef, or venison; whatever you like. Just be sure to mix a bit of pork in with whatever cut of meat you choose. Pork has a high fat content so it will help keep your meatballs moist. Once you've picked your meat, ask your butcher to grind it for you. That way, you get the freshest-tasting meat and it gives you the opportunity to make friends with your butcher - which is always a good idea.
Here's my Mom's meatball recipe to get your started. Once you've tried it a few times, feel free to experiment and tell us about your family's meatball-making tradition.