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  • servings: 4




  • 2 slices good-quality white bread, crusts removed, cut in small pieces
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 pound ground veal
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 small cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 8 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Step 1

    Place bread in a bowl; pour milk over it. In another bowl, mix veal and pork. Add onion, garlic, zest, and parsley. Add salt and pepper. Mash bread mixture to form paste; add to meat mixture. Mix; add egg. Combine well. Cover with plastic wrap; chill 1 hour.

  2. Step 2

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Form mixture into twelve to sixteen 1 1/2-inch balls. Heat 1/2 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute half the meatballs until brown, a few minutes on each side. Transfer to a pan big enough to hold all the meatballs. Repeat with remaining oil and meatballs. Repeat with remaining oil and meatballs. Place in oven to finish cooking, about 20 minutes. Serve.

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2006



Reviews (4)

  • 19 Apr, 2013

    These turned out great, except I used 3 different kinds of meat, not 2, and added a 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs since it seemed a bit too moist. But the WholeFamily wolfed this down - all four kids of discerning tastes - plus my husband!! And there are 3 meatballs left - just enough for a sandwich.

  • 25 Dec, 2009

    These are awesome. Best I've ever had!

  • 22 Sep, 2009

    Just made these. They turned out so so good.

  • 2 Jun, 2008

    These are so delicious! I make them quite often and have served them to many guests with the simple spaghetti and tomato sauce recipe. Everyone commented on how tasty they were. The zest and cilantro make them a hit!