Meat Dishes

Mom’s Best Sunday Meatballs

Mom's Sunday Meatballs by 2sistersrecipes,com

Mom’s Sunday Meatballs happens to be the BEST meatballs you will ever taste!  Her meatballs are made with lean ground beef, a loaf of old bread, eggs, cheese and seasonings.  Then fried before they go into a tomato sauce.  Every meatball is super moist, soft and delicious with every bite.

 

 

Ever since we can remember, pasta and mom’s best Sunday meatballs have been a tradition, and were always served on a Sunday.

As kids, waking up to the smell of mom’s Sunday meatballs, going to Mass and coming home to a table set with bread, wine, grated Parmesan cheese and the smell of her tomato sauce simmering all through the house, we couldn’t wait to eat!

Mom would let each of us have one meatball after she fried them. They were so crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, it was difficult to eat just one, but we had to wait until 2 o’clock to sit down for our family dinner.

Still today, no meal unites and satisfies us more than Nonna’s pasta and best meatballs on Sundays. It’s where the family gets together for stories and laughs, triggering memories of childhood just like the holidays.

 

Mom's Best Sunday Meatballs by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

Mom’s meatballs are always made on Sundays and they’re made with love! 

Your family will love this recipe!  It is such a delicious dish and one your family will love you for the extra effort to make them.

Eat them fried or pop them into your favorite tomato sauce (recipe for mom’s tomato sauce is included below) and serve them with your favorite pasta. They are the best meatballs ever!  And, it’s by far the favorite meal for everyone in the family.

No need to make any sides with this meal!  Well… maybe just a salad.

Enjoy!

 

 

*Follow along with our easy directions, or jump down to the bottom of this post for our full recipe card!

 

Ingredients for Mom’s Sunday Meatballs:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef, (may also mix 1/2 beef with 1/2 veal)

  • 1 loaf Italian Bread (preferably old)- soaked in water

  • 2 whole eggs

  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper

  • 3 Tbsp. Romano grated cheese

  • 2 Tbsp. fresh Italian parsley – chopped

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying

Directions for Mom’s Sunday Meatballs:

In a large bowl. Soak a loaf of Italian bread for a about 3 minutes.
Remove bread from water.  Remove the crust and discard, leaving only the inside dough.
Using you hands and squeeze all liquid from the bread.
Transfer  bread to a large bowl.

Combine bread with ground beef, eggs, cheese, garlic powder, pepper and parsley.
Mix with your hands to combine well. A spoon will just not do!
Scoop a small amount of meat mixture into your hand and roll into 2-inch balls.

 

 

On stove top, in a deep medium size skillet, pour oil.
Heat oil on medium heat. When oil is hot.
Carefully add a few meatballs and fry until bottom is crispy brown.
Gently turn meatballs over once and continue until crispy brown.

 

 

Remove meatballs from pan and drain onto a platter lined with paper towels.

 

 

Repeat until all meatballs are cooked.
Eat them alone, fried or place them into your Tomato Sauce and simmer for about 30 minutes to one hour.  Using a spoon, gently remove the meatballs,  transfer onto a platter and serve.

Yields:  about 20 meatballs

 

Also, try our Braciole – Sicilian Style!  It too is a fabulous meat dish that simmers in delicious tomato sauce.  

 

Mom's Best Sunday Meatballs
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Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 20 meatballs
 
Mom's Sunday Meatballs happens to be the BEST meatballs you will ever taste! Her meatballs are made with lean ground beef, a loaf of old bread, eggs, cheese and seasonings. Then fried before they go into a tomato sauce. Every meatball is super moist, soft and delicious with every bite.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef, (may also mix ½ beef with ½ veal)
  • 1 loaf Italian Bread (preferably old)- soaked in water
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. Romano grated cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh Italian parsley - chopped
  • ½ cup vegetable oil for frying
INGREDIENTS FOR MOM"S TOMATO SAUCE:
  • 1 plus ½ vidalia onion - finely minced
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 4 large basil leaves
  • 4 to 5 cans (28-ounces) Italian peeled tomatoes, blended in a blender
  • ½ Tbsp. salt
  • Additional salt and black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl. Soak a loaf of Italian bread for a about 3 minutes.
  2. Remove bread from water. Remove the crust and discard, leaving only the inside dough.
  3. Using you hands and squeeze all liquid from the bread. Transfer bread to a large bowl.
  4. Combine bread with ground beef, eggs, cheese, garlic powder, pepper and parsley.
  5. Mix with your hands to combine well, or use your food processor. Using a spoon to mix will not work.
  6. Scoop a small amount of meat mixture into your hand and roll into 2-inch balls.
  7. On stove top,using a deep medium size skillet, pour oil.
  8. Heat oil on medium heat. When oil is hot, carefully add a few meatballs and fry until bottom is crispy brown. Gently turn meatballs over once and continue until crispy brown.
  9. Remove meatballs from pan and drain onto a platter lined with paper towels.
  10. Repeat until all meatballs are fully cooked.
  11. Eat them alone, fried or place them into your Tomato Sauce and simmer for about 30 minutes to one hour. Using a spoon, gently remove the meatballs, transfer onto a platter and serve.
  12. Yields: about 20 meatballs
DIRECTIONS FOR MOM's TOMATO SAUCE:
  1. In a large heavy-bottomed pot, add the olive oil, onions, red pepper flakes and basil, and simmer on medium-low heat for about 10 minutes.
  2. Then add in only one can of tomatoes (blended) to the onions to prevent the onions from burning while cooking. (This is a trick my husband learned from his mom). Occasionally stirring. Continue to simmer the onions on low heat for another 15 minutes.
  3. Then add in the rest of the tomatoes and salt. Cover and raise the heat to bring to the sauce a boil. Lower the heat again, and continue to simmer the sauce on low heat.
  4. Add the meatballs to the sauce. Simmer for an additional hour, occasionally stirring the sauce. The total cooking time should be about 1 and ½ hours. Taste the sauce. Turn off the heat. Allow the sauce to cool down slightly.
  5. Yields: 3 quarts

Mom's Best Sunday Meatballs by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    December 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I am absolutely drooling! I love the family traditions and so sweet she let you have one before the afternoon meal. Awesome mom indeed!

  • Reply
    Dan from Platter Talk
    November 6, 2013 at 1:44 am

    These are BEAUTIFUL! Makes me wish I had been at your mom's for just one Sunday dinner. Love this post!1

  • Reply
    Marin mama cooks
    November 6, 2013 at 2:49 am

    These look amazing and there really is nothing better than spaghetti and meatballs. It's the ultimate comfort food. We love taking leftover meatballs and making meatball subs. So good! I'm sure your both keeping up the Sunday meatball routine in your house and then your kids will do the same. Traditions are the best! xoxo, Jackie

    • Reply
      annaliz
      November 6, 2013 at 3:44 am

      Hey Jackie, you are so right! We keep the Sunday tradition during the Fall and Winter months. And we only can hope that our kids will do the same some day.
      xxoo Anna

  • Reply
    nancy at good food matters
    November 6, 2013 at 11:43 am

    these look so delicious—just the right kind of meal for these cool autumn evenings. such a nice Sunday tradition you are continuing!

    • Reply
      annaliz
      November 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      Thank you Nancy!

  • Reply
    Roz Corieri Paige
    November 7, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I'm SO drooling over your mother's meatballs! Something my mother never made for whatever reason. I MUST try this recipe, since gosh we love good meatballs and need a GREAT recipe that I know you are both sharing with lots of 'amore'!!!!!

    Baci,
    xo
    Roz

    • Reply
      annaliz
      November 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you Roz!! 🙂

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