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Italian-Style Mini Meatballs

Italian-Style Mini Meatballs

Italian-Style Mini Meatballs

Italian-Style Mini Meatballs

Ingredients

  1. 1 TBS olive oil
  2. 1 medium red onion, chopped
  3. 1 garlic clove, crushed
  4. one 14-oz can diced tomatoes
  5. 4 1/2 tsp tomato paste
  6. 1 TBS ketchum
  7. 1 tsp light brown sugar
  8. 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  9. 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  10. 1/4 lb ground beef
  11. 1/4 lb ground veal
  12. 1/4 lb ground pork
  13. 1/3 c fresh white bread crumbs
  14. 3 TBS milk
  15. small handful of parsley leaves, chopped
  16. 2 TBS freshly grated Parmesan
  17. salt and pepper, taste
  18. 2 or 3 TBS canola oil, for frying

Directions

  1. First make the sauce. Heat the oil in a large plan and saute onion for 10 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic, cook for 1 minute, then transfer half to a food processor. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, ketchup, sugar, oregano and vegetable broth to the onions left in the pan. bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, add the ground beef, veal and pork to the onion in the food processor, Whiz for a minute to chop everything, then add the bread crumbs, milk, parsley and Parmesan, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Pulse until well combined. Form rounded teaspoonfuls of the meatball mixture into about 30 small balls. You can now either fry the meatballs or bake them in the oven.
  3. For frying: Heat th ecanola oil in a large nonstick frying pan and fry in batches of 8-10 meatballs for 2 or 3 minutes on each side until golden. Drain on paper towels.
  4. For oven browning: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Put a baking sheet in the oven when you turn it on and allow it to heat up. Put 2 tablespoons of canola oil on the hot baking sheet and add the meatballs. Bake for 20 minutes, turning halfway through.
  5. Puree the sauce until smooth and season to taste with salt and pepper. Return to the saucepan and add the browned meatballs, using a slotted spoon. Simmer for 5-10 minutes more.
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