Some gossip magazine or "news" show or website or something like that recently reported an interesting "celebrity" feud. Apparently, two of the Real Housewives of New Jersey disagree as to what is the proper Italian way to cook meatballs. Teresa Giudice, in the recipe for "Joe's Juicy Meatballs," bakes her meatballs and makes fun of fellow housewife Caroline Manzo for frying hers. Well, we would normally say "to each her own," but in this case, we have to side with Caroline, no matter what percent Italian she is!
perfected fooled with our meatball recipe over the years. Sometimes we use beef, pork and veal; other times we substitute lamb for the veal. Sometimes we use plain breadcrumbs, other times, panko. It all depends on our moods and the contents of our pantry. This particular time our meatballs came out really really really good. So, we decided it was time to share the recipe.
Cooks' note: we have noted our usual variations in the recipe in case you want to try those too!
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork
1 lb. ground veal (or lamb)
1 1/4 cup panko style breadcrumbs (or 2/3 cup regular plain breadcrumbs)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Crushed Salemme Pepper (or 2 teaspoons regular red pepper flakes)
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2 teaspoons kosher salt