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Grandpa's Meatballs


My grandpa's recipe is used as a base for this recipe with a couple additions from italian restaurants I've worked in.

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  • 1 onion - diced
  • 2 garlic cloves - chopped
  • pinch red pepper
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 lb ground veal
  • 1/4 lb ground pork
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C bread crumbs
  • 1/4 C grated parmesan
  • 1/4 C chopped basil
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1 tbsp anchovy paste
  • salt


Level of difficulty Average
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Saute onions then add garlic and red pepper - cool

Step 2

Mix meats, eggs, parmesan, basil and bread crumbs

Step 3

Add onion mix, then milk

Step 4

Brown all sides in well oiled pan

Step 5

add to sauce or bake 350° for 15 minutes

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  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Water


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup tomato sauce


  1. Mix flour, sugar, salt, milk, and water in a pan, and mix until you form a dough.
  2. In a saucepan, heat a splash of olive oil and add the onion. Cook on medium-high until onion has softened.  
  3. Add the ground beef, and add the salt, water, and tomato sauce. When the meat has browned, remove from heat. 
  4. Dust a flat surface with flour, and roll out the dough into a flat sheet. 
  5. Use a ramekin or cup to cut out circles. 
  6. Add a dollop of beef-tomato mixture to the center of each circle. 
  7. Pinch the dough into a little pocket.
  8. Bake in the oven at 350° F for 15 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

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