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TV Dinners: Goodfellas - Meatballs & Garlic

TV Dinners: Goodfellas - Meatballs & Garlic

Since today is National Garlic Day I naturally had to point out one of the most famous garlic scenes in movie history. Do you remember the prison dinner scene in Goodfellas? You know the one where Paul Sorvino is slicing ridiculously thin pieces of garlic with a razor blade?

"He was in a year for contempt and he had this wonderful system for doing the garlic. He used a razor and he used to slice it so thin that it used to liquefy in the pan with just a little oil. It was a very good system."

It's hard not to think of that scene whenever I chop up garlic. Same goes for making spaghetti sauce with meatballs. Also, I love how even though they're in prison, they have access to everything including bread, cheese, prosciutto, steak, salami and lobster.

To check out the full dinner scene (which, is accompanied by one of my favorite songs, "Beyond the Sea," by Bobby Darin), and get a great recipe for a three-meat meatball (just like Goodfellas "Veal, beef and pork... you gotta have the pork."),

Meatballs a la Goodfellas
With a tiny adaption from The Best Meatballs at All Recipes

1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound ground veal
1 pound ground pork
2 cloves garlic, sliced razor thin then minced
2 eggs
1 cup freshly grated Romano cheese
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 cups stale Italian bread, crumbled
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
1 cup olive oil

  • Combine beef, veal, and pork in a large bowl. Add garlic, eggs, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper.
  • Blend bread crumbs into meat mixture. Slowly add the water 1/2 cup at a time. The mixture should be very moist but still hold it's shape if rolled into meatballs. (I usually use about 1 1/4 cups of water). Shape into meatballs.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Fry meatballs in batches. When the meatball is very brown and slightly crisp remove from the heat and drain on a paper towel. (If your mixture is too wet, cover the meatballs while they are cooking so that they hold their shape better.)
  • Place cooked meatballs into Marinara Sauce and cook for 15 more minutes.

And if you're interested in more, here's a critique of Goodfellas - this is where I got the fantastic screencaps.

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Ariakas77 Ariakas77 4 years
Good recipe but you forgot......the ONIONS. Remember 3 is too many tho :P
edwardvu edwardvu 7 years
aloha yall, check out my freehand slice on youtube garlic chips, i can slice thin as just scratching/scraping the surface, total control when you have it in yo hands. kinda like teeth, sometimes ya bite yo tongue, but not always, become one with knife, grasshopper...
skinny-fat skinny-fat 8 years
I lova da meataballs... "Now go home and get your f***ing shinebox!" ************************************************Toto, I have a feeling we're not in America anymore :(
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Mme Hart - Ouch!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 8 years
I totally love that scene! Well, I love the movie...watch it about 2 times a year! I have never tried to see if it does liquify cuz I'm a bit of a clutz and my first ever experience with a razor blade promptly sliced my thumb in half and required emergency operation to fix!! :oops: I'm off track...the meatballs sound deeeelish!
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
You cant beat a good Italian meatball!
controlledspin controlledspin 8 years
I think of that every time I cut up garlic! :)
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Megami76 - Good idea. Maybe I'll try freezing them first. Mine just always fall apart!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
mmmmm meatballs, havent had them in ages! meatballs in spaghetti along with a creamy thick tomato sauce aaaahhhh maaan so good.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 8 years
oh yummers. i def have to find this movie and rent it!
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 8 years
That's one of my favorite movies.
Megami76 Megami76 8 years
Great recipe, YumSugar! I use ground pork and ground beef in my own meatball recipe, and I like to put olive oil in the skillet, place the meatballs in the pan (I like to freeze mine first) , put a little sprinkle of water in there, cover it, and steam it. It still does get brown, but at the same time, it steams, keeps the juices in the meatballs... very tender!
SaraSmile SaraSmile 8 years
That is the best cooking scene....mmm, meatballs.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I just started to learn how to make meatballs, so I'm willing to get more fancy with them. These sound terrific!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I'm never any good at meatballs - they always fall apart on me!
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