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Making Aprilanne’s Grandma Rose’s MEATBALL Recipe will transform you into an Authentic Italian chef. Your family and guests will shower you with meatball compliments, and you will realize you don’t have to be Italian to cook like an Authentic Italian.
There are some things in life you just can’t live without - like Grandma Rose’s Authentic Italian Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce!
Now while I have 2 Meatball Recipes to share with you - the first is my Grandma Rose’s Recipesince it is recipe to make the Meatballs I grew up on…which has been handed down generation after generation. The secret ingredient in this recipe is the hot dog roles (yes you read that right!) which are soaked in milk prior to mixing in with the meat to give these meatballs that delectable softness Grandma Rose’s Meatballs are famous for.
The 2nd recipe is courtesy of Sonoma County Chef Graziano Perozzi who, graciously showed us how to “make meatballs” on California Living Prime Time – which can be viewed in the video player above for an easy step by step account of how to…make Meatballs! Graziano’s Meatballs, unlike Grandma Rose’s, don’t call for any bread or breadcrumbs. Are they still soft and delicious? Why not make both recipes and you be the judge…and if you are so inclined – drop us a note to let us know your vote on which recipe makes the better Meatball - Enjoy! Aprilanne
PS: You can substitute ground turkey for the ground beef, pork, etc., if you prefer – and no one (including you) will notice any significant difference in the overall consistency and taste!
Aprilanne Hurley SFN is a Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition,Certified Lifestyle Fitness Coach, Series Creator of California Living, and author of “The Party Girl Diet,” available on Amazon.com so you can “Keep the Party Going…While You Lose the Weight.”
Originally featured on California Living™ with Aprilanne primetime, Grandma Rose’s Authentic Italian Meatballs Recipe is one of 2-weeks of delicious, easy recipes in The Party Girl Diet Book.
A little background on this recipe: Grandma Rose’s generation did not use measurements in recipes, but rather cooked with their senses, how the food looked, tasted, and even felt, adding more cheese, or spices etc., to perfect the texture, consistency, and flavor of a dish.
With this “cooking culture” in mind, the following recipe is the official recipe known as “Grandma Rose’s Authentic Italian Meatballs,” compliments of Joe Mack, Grandma Roses’ eldest son, who recommends tasting one as soon as it’s cool enough, “because that’s when they taste the best.”
Get in touch with your “Inner Italian” and give it a try…Buona Fortuna!
2 pounds of chopped beef, veal and pork
2-3 eggs depending on size, slightly beaten
1/2 cup plus of finely chopped onion
3 slices of white bread or 2-3 hotdog rolls, chopped finely – About 1/2 cup of skim milk or more – Very big bunch of Italian Parsley chopped fine/leaves only
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Heaping tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1. Soak chopped bread in milk till it is nice and mushy
2. Add eggs, parsley, onions, cheese, salt and pepper and mix well
3. Add chopped meat and mix well using your *hands; there is no alternative
*Fun Fact # 1 -Grandma Rose would never wear nail polish when cooking for fear that it may chip into the food she was preparing..
4. When thoroughly mixed, form into meatballs by rolling in your palms. You should make 18 to 24 meatballs.
5. Place meatballs in lightly oiled, olive of course, cookie tin and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Do not overcook. The meatballs may be browned in a frying pan; however, the baking is easier and probably healthier.
6. When cool remove meatballs from pan and scrape off any fat that has formed. Did you make more than you need or want to freeze some to enjoy at another time? Try Joe Mack’s Freezing Trick – by laying them out on a cookie sheet and covering to freeze for later use.
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Aprilanne Hurley SFN is a Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, California Living’s Health Expert, and author of The Party Girl Diet - the revolutionary new diet and lifestyle that lets you “Keep the Party Going…While You Lose the Weight.”
You Will Not Find an Easier, Tastier, Quicker Recipe for Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Than The Fresh Tomato Sauce Recipe Found Here!
Bursting with anti-oxidants, phyto-nutrients, and fresh just picked off the vine flavor – Aprilanne’s Party Girl Diet Fresh Tomato Sauce Recipe is the perfect companion to her Grandma Rose’s Authentic Italian Meatballs & Spaghetti!
Watch along as we get the Inside Look at how to make Fresh Tomato Sauce as seen primetime on California Living with Aprilanne to go with spaghetti and our Authentic Italian Meatballs with Graziano Perozzi of Sonoma, CA.
Party Girl Diet Health Tip: This recipe for Fresh Tomato Sauce is easy, quick, and makes a tomato sauce so incredibly tasty for spaghetti, pizza, and Italian baked dishes you will never suspect it is actually good for you!
Tomatoes are a major source of the Antioxidant Lycopene which is thought to reduce the risk of Cancer by 40 % – notably prostate, lung, and stomach cancer and increase survival. Here’s an interesting tip – concentrated tomato sauces like the ones found on pizza and in pasta sauce have FIVE time more lycopene than fresh and canned and jarred tomato sauces have THREE times more the antioxidant value of lycopene than fresh tomatoes so there is no excuse to always have this power-food on hand any time you want or need a lycopene boost!
Fresh Tomato Sauce
Compliments of Graziano Ristaurante, Petaluma, CA
1. Cut a small X on top of 4 ripe, large, on the vine tomatoes – place in boiling water (boil for approx. 2 minutes to blanch – remove from water and pull off skin – dice.
2. Place approximately 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive in a large saute pan and saute 3 large shallots, minced.
3. Once onions are clear in color – add diced tomatoes to pan – one 8 oz. glass of white wine and approximately 8 oz. of water.
4. Add 1 bunch loosely cut fresh basil and 2 tsp. each sea salt and black pepper.
5. Simmer about 2 hours – the longer it cooks the thicker the sauce will be.
6. Serve over your favorite pasta and a side of our our Authentic Italian Meatballs and ENJOY!!! Aprilanne
Aprilanne Hurley SFN is a Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition,California Living’sHealth Expert, and author of “The Party Girl Diet,” available on Amazon.com so you can “Keep the Party Going…While You Lose the Weight!”
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