Best Ever Homemade Meatballs (Based on Rao's recipe)
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This is the best melt-in-your-mouth meatball recipe you will ever try. They are as quick and easy as they are delicious!
Recipe type: main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
  • 1 lb Ground beef, ground sirloin or ground pork (or a combination of the 2)
  • 1 Large Garlic Clove (crushed)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 Egg (room temperature)
  • ¾ cup Water (room temperature)
  • ¾ cup Fresh Reggiano or Pecorino Cheese (grated)
  • ½ cup Seasoned Breadcrumbs
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Place meat in a tall mixing bowl and press into the bowl
  3. Put garlic on top of meat and lightly rub the garlic around the top of the meat
  4. Sprinkle with salt & pepper
  5. Crack your eggs on top of the mixture
  6. Remember- You have NOT stirred or mixed anything yet, you are layering
  7. Pour the water over the mixture
  8. Sprinkle the cheese over the water to make a top layer like a tablecloth
  9. Cover the cheese with the breadcrumbs
  10. Now you are ready to mix. Mix from the outside of the bowl to the middle and fold it in.
  11. After you go around the bowl twice, the mixture should be mixed. Do NOT over handle the meat.
  12. Roll into your preferred size meatball and place on a greased cookie sheet
  13. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the top of the meatballs begin to brown
  14. When baking is complete, place meatballs in a pot full of your favorite sauce and allow to simmer for at least 30 minutes.
  15. Serve over your favorite pasta (mine is papparadelle) or on hoagie rolls
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