Ina's Veal Meatballs
I love a good meatball recipe and have tried many over the course of learning how-to cook. This one is my favorite by far! It's minimal ingredients, but simplicity is always best. This recipe offers for a satisfying dinner and the perfect idea for a romantic Valentine's Day meal.
Ina recommends serving this with a "puddle of Parmesan Polenta" and of course I love anything with pasta. This recipe is great to do a day ahead of time or even longer in advance and you can easily freeze to keep them ready to serve when you choose.
I hope these tips below help you to create the vision of loveliness for dinner you're searching for on this sweet holiday!
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cloves of minced garlic
1 lb ground veal
1 lb ground pork
1/2 lb of sweet italian sausage (although I recommend Neeses!)
1 cup breadcrumbs (I blend my own bread in a food processor to up the flavor)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup grated Pecorino cheese
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon ground fennel
Salt and pepper for seasoning
2 XL eggs, beaten
3/4 cup fresh whole-milk ricotta
2 (32-ounce) jars good marinara sauce, such as Rao's (or of your choosing! I have one from scratch, here.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Arrange two of the oven racks evenly.
Heat 1/4 cup of your olive oil in a saute pan over medium-low heat. Add the 2 cloves of minced garlic and cook for roughly 30 seconds, being sure not to burn it! Set this aside.
Place the veal, pork, and sausage in a large mixing bowl. Add your breadcrumbs, the cheeses, parsley, ground fennel, and season with salt and pepper. Lightly blend the ingredients together. Add the eggs, milk, ricotta, and the garlic-oil mixture from step 2 and incorporate evenly.
Measure 2 1/2 to 3 oz portions of the mixture and with lightly dampened hands roll each portion lightly into a ball. Place the meatballs one inch apart on two sheet pans. Brush each meatball with olive oil to coat. Roast the sheets for 25-30 minutes!
Pour the marinara sauce into a large pot and bring to a simmer. Add your meatballs to the pot and simmer until warm. Serve hot and sprinkle with cheese for added presentation and flavor.
Mixing the meatballs
Placing meatballs on the pan