Good meatballs are always hard to come by. Over the past year, we have tried numerous meatball recipes from Giada De Laurentiis to Throwdown with Bobby Flay. We've learned that each have distinctive tastes and everyone seems to have a favorite. One meatball recipe we tried was Grandma Maroni's Meatballs. The recipe came from a Throwdown with Bobby Flay episode. Flay challenged Michael Maroni of Maroni's Cuisine to a meatball competition. (For all of you familiar with the Food TV network.) Maroni's Cuisine is located in Long Island, NY and is known for its famous meatballs.
After watching the challenge, we decided to make a batch. We mixed them with Giada's Marinara Sauce and they were delicious. We doubled both recipes which allowed us to freeze one for another time.
Grandma Maroni's Meatballs
- 1 pound ground chuck
- 4 ounces dried bread crumbs
- 4 large eggs
- 4 ounces whole milk
- 6 ounces grated Romano
- 3 ounces grated Spanish onion
- 2 ounces finely diced fresh garlic
- 2 ounces finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
- 2 ounces finely chopped fresh basil leaves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray. Mix all ingredients thoroughly in large bowl. If mixture seems a little loose add more bread crumbs. Roll meatballs loosely about the size of a golf ball and place on baking sheet. Place into preheated oven for approximately 35 to 40 minutes, then add to your favorite sauce.
I love to pour this sauce over mezze penne pasta. It's smaller than regular penne and holds sauce well.