This is just classic meatballs.

This is one of alpha child’s favorite recipes to make with me. Honestly, I appreciate letting someone else mix the meats, my hands get really cold doing that.


Tasty, tasty meatballs
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine European
Servings 8 people


  • 1 mixing bowl large
  • 1 15" cast iron pan
  • 1 oven
  • 1 measuring cup
  • 1 garlic press optional
  • 1 baking pan must have sides


  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1 lbs sweet italian sausage may substitute ground pork
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed or finely chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, medium diced
  • 2 eggs large
  • 1 cup Romano cheese or Parmesan, or mixed Parm/Romano
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup olive oil divided
  • 1 pinch black pepper


  • Combine beef, sausage, garlic, onion, eggs, cheese, breadcrumbs, and pepper in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
    The mix should be very moist, but able to be rolled into a meatball shape and hold it. You might need to dd a little water (up to a cup is sometimes needed) until it's moist enough.
  • Shape into meatballs.
    I generally aim for 1-2 inches across, or the size when you curl your index finger and touch your thumb. Larger meatballs will need a longer time to finish in the oven.
  • Preheat oven to 350° F
  • Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.
  • Fry meatballs in batches in skillet until browned on all sides.
    Add oil as needed between batches.
  • Transfer meatballs to pan, and finish in oven for 15-20 minutes.
Keyword breadcrumbs, eggs, garlic, ground beef, onion, romano cheese, sweet italian sausage

Author: H Walker Jones, Esq

A professional programmer with a sordid past involving sysadmin, tech support, and cooking.

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