Italian cuisine has always urbanized itself with respect to the political and social changes in the country. In the world Italian food is considered as very simple and subtle, however, the ingredients added to them make the dishes fabulous to taste.
One of the most authentic Italian foods is Meatballs, made of turkey, lamb, beef or chicken. Italian meatballs have been a family tradition for many generations and it illustrates the flavor and culture of Italy.
Italian Meatball Recipes Tips
Authentic Italian Meatballs
A very simple and traditional recipe, the Authentic Italian Meatballs are prepared with a mixture of 1 pound of ground beef, 1 egg, a quarter cup of skimmed milk, half a cup of bread crumbs, 1 teaspoon of oregano or 2 depending on your requirements, 1 tablespoon fresh parsley and a quarter cup of Parmesan cheese.
For flavoring add half a teaspoon of salt, half teaspoon of garlic powder, and half a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper. Do not use a mixer or a hand grinder to blend, use your bare hands and feel your food. Once mixed, roll the meatballs into bite size balls and drop them into any red sauce of your choice and simmer for 2-3 hours.
Mama Luliucci’s Famous Meat-A-Balls
One of the most popular and respected meat balls recipes in Italy is Mama Luliucci’s recipe. All you need is 2 pounds of ground beef, slices of white bread, 2 eggs and half a cup of grated parmesan cheese. For spice and flavor add half a teaspoon of garlic powder, 2 tablespoon of parsley flakes, 2 teaspoons of salt and half a teaspoon of black pepper.
Once the ingredients have been thoroughly blended, roll the mixture into small meatballs and fry them on a pre-heated frying pan with olive oil. As the meatballs turn brown in color you can choose to drain the olive oil or directly add your favorite spaghetti sauce and simmer until it bubbles.
Italian Meat Balls Soup
Meatballs and soup has also been a very traditional family recipe. It is one of the fastest preparations of meat balls without the requirement of thick sauce. You would require 1 can of beef broth along with one can of diced tomatoes mixed with onion and garlic.
Stir the beef broth along with the tomato mixture in 2 cups of water until it boils. Add 8 ounces of precooked canned meat balls along with half a cup of small dried pasta and 1 cup of mixed vegetables. To taste add 1 tablespoon of shredded parmesan cheese and 1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese. You can use salt and black pepper according to your palate. Simmer the mixture after it boils for over 10 minutes and you are done.
Italian Meatball Burger
As mentioned before that the changing social conditions have had a great effect on Italian cuisine, this is proved by the addition of Italian Meatball burgers to traditional Italian meatballs recipes. The preparation requires 8 ounces of Italian turkey sausage and 1 cup of tomato sauce.
You need to prepare a grill and then disrobe the sausages from its casing. Mix the sausages with 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon of basil, half a teaspoon of salt, half a teaspoon of crushed fennel seeds and 1 pound of ground sirloin. Shape the mixture into 6 equal portions and flatten them to about half inches each. Grill the portions for 5 minutes on both sides and you are ready.
Place 2 ounces of Italian bread rolls and split them from the middle to prepare a burger or a sub shape. Add melted parmesan cheese on the bread and grill it for about 5 minutes until brown. Place the prepared sausages in shapes of meatballs between the bread and add 2 tablespoon of spaghetti sauce and serve.