October 21, 2020

Melt-in-your-Mouth Meatballs

Melt-in-your-mouth meatballs
This quick and easy recipe will be your go-to for classic meatballs. They are juicy and tender and will melt in your mouth. I love to simmer these meatballs in my 20 Minute Sauce and serve with loads of garlic bread and a salad.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • ½ cup Panko (or homemade bread crumbs)
  • 2 tbsp lukewarm water
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh basil
  • ½ onion, finely minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced on microplane
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ~¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, for cooking


  • Mix together the breadcrumbs and water and set aside.
  • Then combine the beef, egg, cheese, basil, onion, garlic, salt, oregano and pepper to taste. Using your hands, mix the ingredients together. Blend the bread crumb mixture into the meat mixture.
  • Shape into 2-inch balls.
  • Heat oil in a large sauté pan. When oil is very hot but not smoking, fry meatballs in batches. When the bottom half of the meatball is brown and slightly crisp, turn and cook the top half.
  • Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.
  • Finish the meatballs by cooking them in simmering marinara sauce for about 15 minutes.
Keyword game-day, kid-friendly

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