Sunday, August 22, 2010

MY Italian Meatball and Braciole Recipe

I can honestly say i have mastered the art of a perfect meatball. I put a lot of love into everything i cook, but i LOVE meatballs and have gotten the recipe down perfectly. Tonight i made a pot of sauce with meatballs and Braciole.  I made mine with Barilla whole wheat linguine, just to make it a little healthier. Let's be honest though, there really isn't anything healthy about a good Italian meal, but who cares sometimes you need some comfort food.  I hope you enjoy my recipe!

Niki's Meatballs
  • 1 1/2 pounds of ground sirloin
  • 2 handfuls of breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 handfuls of grated cheese
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • a lot of fresh parsley
  • splash of milk
  • salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix until combined.  Get a pan medium hot with oil.  Make the meatballs into golf size balls and put them on the hot oil.  Now this part is important, don't move them until they are brown.  When they get brown on one side take a fork and very gently turn them over to get brown on the other side. Keep doing that until there are browned on all sides.  Have a pot of sauce ready and transfer the meat right to the sauce and simmer for 2 hours.

  • package of thin sliced London broil
  • 3 cloves of  garlic
  • fresh parsley
  • grated cheese
  • round toothpicks
  • salt and pepper
Lay out your meat on a cutting board season with salt and pepper.  In the center of the meat, put your garlic and fresh parley and cheese.  Roll your meat up and put 2 round toothpick in the meat to hold it together.  Get your pan hot with oil and brown your meat for a couple minutes on each side.  Throw in your pot of gravy and simmer for 2 hours.

I am gonna let you in on a little secret.  I have been married for almost 7 years.  But i still haven't cooked a meal yet for my husband's family.  I've grown up with Italian food my whole life, and my husband's family is Scandinavian. So they don't make homemade meatballs or know what a good pot of sauce tastes like.  So 3 weeks from now i am going to cook them an authentic Italian meal served the way i always had it, on the table.  I am very excited about this.

For you Italians, if you can help me come up with an antipasto dish to serve with it, i would appreciate your help


  1. i love meatballs! great recipe! i also like putting some mint in the adds a little something exotic to it (my mom is greek so that explains a lot :P).

  2. LOVE meatballs! This looks delicious, I use a ton of milk in mine and I try to do a mixture of pork/beef/and veal but I almost always end up doing plain beef. I'm not fancy lol.

    Thanks for reading! ^_^ Hope to see you around the blog.