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My Favourite Italian Kitchen Meatballs

Favourite Italian Meatballs

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: favourite meatballs, meatballs, burgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 129kcal
Author: Laureen King
The flavour is exceptional with the addition of ingredients such as Grana Padano cheese, white wine, rosemary and surprisingly, lemon zest.
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  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • ½ cup Grana Padano cheese grated
  • ½ cup onion finely chopped
  • 4 tsp garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp white wine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • cup parsley fresh finely chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp lemon zest grated
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 ciabatta roll cubed
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh rosemary


  • Place cubed bread in bowl, add milk (enough to cover bread). Set aside 20-30 minutes until bread is soggy.
  • In bowl combine together cheese, onion, garlic, wine, eggs, parsley, lemon zest, salt and pepper.
  • Place ground beef in large bowl, add wet ingredients and combine together.
  • Squeeze milk from bread, then combine into beef mixture.
  • Form into desired size of meatballs.
  • Heat olive oil in large skillet, medium high heat.
  • Add rosemary sprigs, then meatballs.
  • Sear all sides of meatballs cooking until done, do not turn until each side is well seared or meatballs will fall apart.
  • Serve with your favourite pasta, rice or mashed potatoes.


Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 247IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1mg