Meatballs are versatile, kid-friendly, affordable and delicious. They were known for appetizers but later on enjoyed as part of the main dishes. My kids love them with rice or with spaghetti in tomato meat sauce.
There are lots of versions all over the world. You may use ground pork, beef, chicken or veal, depends which one you prefer. My recipe uses ground beef sirloin and ground lean pork. I added bread crumbs and egg to the usual recipe. They are more than just binders and fillers, they enhance flavor and tenderness.
The exciting taste and the vibrant colors will perfectly fit your holiday table. 12 festive giant meatballs are ready in 30 minutes or less! Happy cooking! 😊
1/4 kilo ground sirloin
1/4 kilo ground lean pork
salt and ground pepper to taste
4 cloves garlic, grated
1 big onion, grated
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 large egg
1/4 cup bread crumbs
Cooking oil for deep frying
Italian style tomato sauce
1 handful fresh basil leaves
Sliced onions for toppings
Olive oil for sauteeing
Combine all ingredients for meatballs. Use a light hand when combining ingredients and forming meatballs for tender, juicy results. Use a medium-sized ice cream scooper to measure. Heat oil for deep frying, drop meatballs carefully. Cook until outside are slightly toasted. Drain on paper towel. Set aside.
In a frying pan, saute sliced onions in olive oil until caramelized. Set aside.
Marinara sauce: Saute garlic and diced tomatoes in olive oil. Add tomato sauce, salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until reduced and thickened. Add chopped basil leaves.
Dip and roll meatballs into sauce. Top with caramelized onions and chopped basil leaves. Serve warm or on a sizzling plate. Enjoy! 💋
1. Grating the garlic and onion instead of chopping, helps it cook through instead of staying crunchy and raw-tasting.
2. Substitute for worcestershire sauce can be a mixture of soy sauce, white vinegar, sugar and hot sauce.
3. Use a small heavy sauce pan in deep frying so you’ll need less oil rather than using a wide-mouthed frying pan.
4. Instead of using a thong when scooping out cooked meatballs from the fryer, use a slotted ladle in order to keep their perfect round shape. Meatballs tend to crumble when hot.
*Special thanks to my daughter Jiann for the snapshots! 💞