Mom’s Italian Meatballs


  • 2 lbs. chopped meat (can use turkey, beef, pork, veal – any combination works)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup minced Vidalia onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 3/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 – 2 slices of bread pulsed in mini processor
  • 3 tablespoons of milk or water to wet bread
  • 1/4 cup grated pecorino cheese


  • Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix with your hands. Depending upon which meats you’ve combined you may need more or less breadcrumbs. Meat should not be sticky. You should be able to make a ball from the meat. I use an ice cream scoop to keep meatballs the same size.
  • Take a bit of the mixed meat and put into a small, heated frying pan. Cook and then taste for seasoning. Add more salt and spices if necessary.
  • Form all meatballs and add to and cook in your simmering¬†sauce.
  • Meatballs will take about 20 minutes to 1/2 hour to cook.
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