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Authentic Italian Meatballs in a PoBoy
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5 from 2 votes

Authentic Italian Meatballs

Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 12 meatballs
Author: Debbie


  • 4 ounces fresh white bread crusts removed and bread cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 unpacked cups)
  • One-third cup whole milk plus more as needed
  • 1 medium onion minced
  • 8 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 ounces grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 3 oz +/- fatty pancetta browned off
  • One half cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves minced
  • 4 teaspoons coarse ground salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Two Thirds lb ground beef
  • Two Thirds lb ground veal
  • Two Thirds lb ground pork
  • Nona's Simple Tomato Sauce or Authentic Bolognese Sauce


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine bread with milk, tossing to coat.
  • Let stand, tossing occasionally, until bread is completely moist, about 10 minutes.
  • Squeeze bread between your fingers or mash with a spoon to make sure there are no dry spots ( add more milk 1 tablespoon at a time until bread is moist throughout if needed)
  • Add onion, garlic, Parmigiano-Reggiano, parsley, salt, pepper, pancetta, egg yolks, and oregano to bread/milk mixture.
  • Set mixer bowl in stand mixer and attach paddle.
  • Starting at low speed and gradually increasing to medium-high speed, beat bread mixture until thoroughly blended, stopping to scrape down sides as necessary.
  • Add one third each of the beef , veal and pork and beat at medium-high speed until thoroughly blended with bread mixture.
  • Remove bowl from stand mixer and add remaining beef. veal and pork.
  • Using a clean hand, gently mix meatball mixture, teasing apart ground meat with your fingers, just until ground beef and pork and thoroughly distributed. (don't over mix)
  • Preheat broiler and set oven rack in upper position.
  • Form meatball mixture into handball-sized balls and arrange on prepared baking sheet covered with foil.
  • Broil meatballs until browned on top, about 5-7 minutes
  • Meanwhile, Heat tomato sauce in a medium pot until simmering and add meatballs.
  • Simmer until meatballs are just cooked through about 10-12 minutes