(italian) meatballs (from ralph's italian restaurant in philadelphia, pa)

Main Dish
6 servings
15 min
35 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 6
½ loaf Italian bread

Water (enough to dampen the bread)

1 ½ libra. ground beef, veal and pork (mixed)

5 large garlic cloves (minced) ? Warning, Warning, Warning! Use 5 cloves at your own risk!!)

½ cup Pecorino Romano cheese (grated)

1 tablespoon salt

¾ tablespoon black pepper

¼ cup fresh parsley (chopped)

4 cups vegetable oil


  • Soak bread in water, enough to dampen for 2 hours. Drain the bread of any excess water.
  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together with fingers, making sure everything is mixed very well.
  • Start to roll into meatballs a little bigger than the size of a golf ball. You should get about 12 to 15 meatballs.
  • Add 4 cups of oil to a medium size fry pan. Heat oil on medium flame. When oil is hot, add 6 or 7 meatballs to the pan.
  • Make sure there is room between meatballs for even cooking. Cook on each side for about 3 minutes.
  • Place meatballs on a brown paper bag to drain off the oil.


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