Meatballs

AuthorDanny EckesCategory, , DifficultyIntermediate

This recipe makes 15 hearty homemade meatballs. A simple yet amazing recipe, much like the grooves of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Much more than an alliteration, this whacky band will funk up your night and help make the most of this hearty meal. I first saw this band in Denver at Red Rocks Amphitheater. A memorable evening, and I'm hoping this recipe provides the same for you. Enjoy it with a bottle of red wine, and let me know how it turns out!

This post is not sponsored by the musical artist nor the paired beverage. The amazon links are affiliate links.

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Yields5 Servings
Prep Time30 minsCook Time3 hrsTotal Time3 hrs 30 mins

Directions

Prep Meatballs
1

Let the meat sit until at room temperature.

2

In a large mixing bowl combine Garlic, Onion, half bunch of basil, a third bunch of parsley, ground Italian sausage, ground beef, romano cheese, eggs and pepper to taste.
Mix with hands until semi mixed. Slowly sprinkle in bread crumbs while mixing.
Keep mixing with hands until all ingredients mixed evenly.

3

Roll into meatballs about the size of a racquetball. It should make roughly 15.

Brown Meatballs
4

Heat 6qt. Ceramic Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven on medium-low heat. Add 1 tbsp of vegetable oil.
Place half the meatballs (8) into the dutch oven, cooking 3-4 minutes per side. Be careful not to overcook causing meatballs to be firm.
In total cook meatballs for 15-18 minutes.

5

Remove the first half of meatballs and set aside.
Repeat the previous step with the second half of meatballs (7).
Once fully browned on all sides add the first half of meatballs back into the Dutch oven.

Simmer Meatballs
6

To meatballs add a splash of wine (roughly 1/2 cup) and wait a minute for it to cook.
Add the 2 jars of sauce and sprinkle in basil and parsley to taste.
Cover and let the sauce come to a light boil.
Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 hours.

Serving
7

Prepare your favorite noodles and serve meatballs on top.
Top with freshly grated parmesan and any remaining Italian parsley.

Ingredients

 Fresh Basil (1 bunch, finely chopped)
 Fresh Italian Parsley (half a bunch, finely chopped)
 4 Garlic Cloves (minced)
 2 Eggs
 1 Yellow Onion (small, finely chopped)
 1 lb Ground Beef (80/20)
 1 lb Ground Hot Italian Sausage
 ½ cup Italian Bread Crumbs
 ½ cup Romano Cheese (freshly grated)
 ½ cup Parmesan (freshly grated)
 24 oz Tomato Basil Sauce (1 jar)
 24 oz Marinara Sauce (1 jar)
 Italian Red Wine
 Spaghetti noodles
Cookware
Pairing

Directions

Prep Meatballs
1

Let the meat sit until at room temperature.

2

In a large mixing bowl combine Garlic, Onion, half bunch of basil, a third bunch of parsley, ground Italian sausage, ground beef, romano cheese, eggs and pepper to taste.
Mix with hands until semi mixed. Slowly sprinkle in bread crumbs while mixing.
Keep mixing with hands until all ingredients mixed evenly.

3

Roll into meatballs about the size of a racquetball. It should make roughly 15.

Brown Meatballs
4

Heat 6qt. Ceramic Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven on medium-low heat. Add 1 tbsp of vegetable oil.
Place half the meatballs (8) into the dutch oven, cooking 3-4 minutes per side. Be careful not to overcook causing meatballs to be firm.
In total cook meatballs for 15-18 minutes.

5

Remove the first half of meatballs and set aside.
Repeat the previous step with the second half of meatballs (7).
Once fully browned on all sides add the first half of meatballs back into the Dutch oven.

Simmer Meatballs
6

To meatballs add a splash of wine (roughly 1/2 cup) and wait a minute for it to cook.
Add the 2 jars of sauce and sprinkle in basil and parsley to taste.
Cover and let the sauce come to a light boil.
Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 hours.

Serving
7

Prepare your favorite noodles and serve meatballs on top.
Top with freshly grated parmesan and any remaining Italian parsley.

“Pigeons Playing Ping Pong” Meatballs
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