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Three Meat Meatballs

Our meatballs are a combo of three recipes courtesy of Frankie Spuntino, A-16, and Lidia Bastianich.

Three Meat Meatballs

1 onion, chopped

6 cloves of garlic, minced

2 T olive oil

1 lb ground beef

1 lb ground pork

1 lb ground veal

4 eggs, beaten

6 slices white bread – cubed

1/2 cup milk (just enough to soak the bread)

3 T fennel seed

6 T parsley, chopped

1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

1 cup Parmesan cheese

1 T crushed red pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1 T black pepper

1+ cups dried bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 400.   Heat oil in a saute pan, and cook onion and garlic until soft and fragrant.  Set aside to cool.  Using a very large mixing bowl, add the three meats.  Soak cubed white bread in milk, just enough to moisten.  Wring out the bread and add it to the meat mixture.  Add all remaining ingredients to the bowl, mix with hands until just combined, adding more dried bread crumbs as needed.  Do not over mix the meat.  The mixture should be somewhat wet, but firm.  Form mixture into balls, and place balls on cookie sheets (there should be enough for two trays).  Bake for 30-40 minutes.  Serve with your favorite Sunday gravy or cool and freeze.

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