- 3 pounds of ground beef (or for a firmer consistency, 2 pounds beef, 1 pound pork)
- 1 cup ground raisins
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/2 tsp. oregano
- 1 large onion
- 3 cloves ground garlic
- 3/4 cup chopped parsley
- 3-4 eggs according to texture
- salt & pepper to taste
One of my favorite recipes taken from my grandmas cookbook is that of her meatballs. I remember as a kid going to her house every Sunday for lunch and it would usually be meatballs with ravioli or gnocchi. While this isnt the healthiest of recipes I figured I would share it with everyone because it is so delicious!
Ok, I know what youre thinking. Raisins?! YES. These add moisture to your meatballs. I put the raisins in a food processor with a little bit of water and grind them up really, really good.
Put all of the ingredients into a bowl, adding only 3 eggs to start. Mix well with your hands (yes, its messy) and add a fourth egg if you feel it is too dry. Ive found that browning these in the oven is the least messy so I form my meatballs to the size of my liking and then set them on a cookie sheet. Once the meatballs brown and seem firm enough, I put them into my sauce to simmer and finish cooking. I wouldnt leave them to cook for more than an hour, otherwise youre going to end up with a mushy meat sauce. And there you have it!