Giorgio's Meatballs

Staff Writer
Giorgio's Meatballs
Delicatessan

This meatball recipe comes from Michael Ferraro of Delicatessen, and it was passed down from his father, who taught him how to make them at a very young age. When Ferraro joined the team at Delicatessen in 2008, he invited his father into the restaurant to give a lesson to the entire kitchen staff for how to perfect this sacred family recipe. When Ferraro makes meatballs, he soaks his breadcrumbs in a stock instead of milk.

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12
Servings
1273
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
32 meatballs

Ingredients

  • 5 Pounds ground beef
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 eggs
  • 20 Cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/4 Cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 bunch of parsley
  • 1/4 bunch of basil
  • 1/2 Cup stock
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions

Hand-mix all of the ingredients, making sure not to overmix. Wet your hands slightly and roll the meatballs into 2 ½-ounce balls

Lay the meatballs evenly on a baking sheet 1 inch apart and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Meatball Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Meatball Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
52g
80%
Sugar
12g
N/A
Saturated Fat
19g
95%
Cholesterol
209mg
70%
Protein
64g
100%
Carbs
132g
44%
Vitamin A
69µg
8%
Vitamin B12
5µg
83%
Vitamin B6
0.9mg
45.3%
Vitamin C
2mg
4%
Vitamin D
0.6µg
0.2%
Vitamin E
0.7mg
3.6%
Vitamin K
42µg
53%
Calcium
526mg
53%
Fiber
9g
34%
Folate (food)
71µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
321µg
80%
Folic acid
148µg
N/A
Iron
13mg
73%
Magnesium
121mg
30%
Monounsaturated
20g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
20mg
100%
Phosphorus
722mg
100%
Polyunsaturated
5g
N/A
Potassium
944mg
27%
Riboflavin (B2)
1mg
67%
Sodium
1646mg
69%
Thiamin (B1)
2mg
100%
Trans
2g
N/A
Zinc
11mg
74%

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