Meatballs Three Ways: Meatball Base

Aired October 26, 2010

1 cup torn pieces of stale, good quality white bread, packed
1 pound ground beef
2/3 pound ground pork
Salt and pepper
2 cloves garlic, grated or minced
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese, a couple of handfuls
Freshly grated nutmeg, about 1/8 teaspoon
1 egg
A generous handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a generous drizzle

In a small bowl, soak bread pieces in milk to soften.

Place meats in a mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add garlic and cheese. Squeeze excess liquid from the bread pieces and crumble them into the bowl. Add nutmeg, egg, parsley and olive oil, and mix well to combine. Form balls according to method of choice for Rachael's Mini Meatball Dumplings, Meatball Sliders, or Roasted Entre Meatballs.

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