This may come as a surprise, but before last night I’d never made meatballs before! I’m not sure how this culinary classic had passed me by, but when I was making this week’s meal plan I decided to remedy this situation with the help of this recipe from Smitten Kitchen.
To make my tiny creations, I used a mix of ground beef and pork along with some fresh parmesan cheese and garlic. I did wind up setting off the smoke alarm while frying these little darlings, but the headache was worth it when I taste tested them. Since they cook so quickly in the oil because of their small size, the insides stay moist rather than drying out like some larger meatballs I’ve had before. These itsy-bitsy guys could be used in soups, salads or anything you can imagine!
- ¼ cup milk
- 2 slices bread, crust removed
- ½ pound ground pork
- ½ pound 80/20 ground beef
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- ¹/3 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup flour, spread on a plate
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Heat the milk over medium, add bread and let it soak for 5 minutes. Remove bread, squeeze out excess milk and place in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the ground pork, ground beef, garlic, parsley, parmesan cheese, egg, salt and pepper to the mixing bowl and mush around until evenly mixed.
- Scoop out tablespoon-sized lump of the mixture, shape into a ball, and roll in the flour, shaking off any excess. Repeat with all of the meat.
- Fill a deep skillet with enough vegetable oil to rise up ¼-inch on the sides of the pan and heat on medium-high. When the oil is heated, add as many meatballs as can fit without overcrowding. Brown them until they have a nice crust all around, flipping halfway through if not entirely covered with oil.
- When meatballs are done, scoop them out of the oil with a slotted spoon and place on a plate covered with paper towels to drain.
These mini meatballs are packed with flavor that hits you once you bite through the flavorful crust to the tender inside. Enjoy these tasty treats as an appetizer, in sandwiches or with pasta!