Italian Meatballs Recipe

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Italian Meatballs
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  1. Heat the milk in a small pot until steamy. Turn off the heat, tear the bread into little pieces and soak it in the milk until it partially dissolves. Mash it until you get something that resembles a paste. Turn it out onto a plate to let it cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the beef, pork, ricotta cheese, grated parmesan, eggs, salt, parsley, oregano, black pepper, garlic cloves and the bread-milk mixture. Mix it well with your hands until it barely combines. Don't overwork the mixture or it will become tough. It is OK to have some discernable bits of bread or meat in the mix; better that than overworked meatballs.
  3. Wet your hands and form the meatballs. A traditional size for this sort of meatball is 2-3 inches across, but you can make them any size you want. Once you roll the meatball in your hands, roll it in the flour to give it a good coating. Set each one on a baking sheet as you work. You might need to rinse your hands a few times as you make the meatballs.
  4. When all the meatballs are formed, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the meatballs on at least two sides. Don't worry about the center getting cooked through, as you will finish these in the sauce.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 993.2 Kcal (4158 kJ)
Calories from fat 733.34 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 81.48g 125%
Cholesterol 165.28mg 55%
Sodium 1590.41mg 66%
Potassium 636.67mg 14%
Total Carbs 34.05g 11%
Sugars 2.14g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4.33g 17%
Protein 31.48g 63%
Vitamin C 1.2mg 2%
Iron 4.3mg 24%
Calcium 307.8mg 31%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 357.05 Kcal (1495 kJ)
Calories from fat 263.63 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29.29g 125%
Cholesterol 59.42mg 55%
Sodium 571.74mg 66%
Potassium 228.88mg 14%
Total Carbs 12.24g 11%
Sugars 0.77g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1.56g 17%
Protein 11.32g 63%
Vitamin C 0.4mg 2%
Iron 1.6mg 24%
Calcium 110.7mg 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 25.9
  • 27

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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