• Servings: 4

Photography: Dana Gallagher

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, March 2006


  • 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. 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. 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.


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