This recipe for Frankie's Meatballs comes from "Rao's Cookbook," by Frank Pellegrino. Rao's is one of Michael Kors' favorite restaurants in Manhattan.

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Recipe Summary

Yield:
Makes 14 to 18 meatballs
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, combine beef and pork using your hands. Mince 1/2 clove garlic and add to meat mixture along with the eggs, cheese, and parsley; season with salt and pepper. Continue mixing with your hand until well combined. Add bread crumbs and mix well. Add water, 1 cup at a time, and continue mixing until mixture is quite moist.

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  • Shape mixture into 2 1/2-to-3-inch balls. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Smash remaining clove of garlic with the back of a knife and add to skillet. Cook until lightly browned and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes; remove with a slotted spoon and discard. Working in batches, add meatballs to skillet. Cook until browned and cooked through, turning, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.

  • Meanwhile, bring marinara sauce to a boil in a large nonreactive saucepan. Reduce heat to a simmer and add meatball. Let meatballs cook in sauce about 20 minutes; serve immediately with pasta, if desired.

Reviews (5)

18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
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01/09/2012
Perfect recipe! 2 cups of water is the right amount of water. Mix the meat thoroughly alternating breadcrumb and water. I bake the meatballs @ 400 for 25 minutes then add to the sauce. I have been making this meatball now for 3 or 4 years and they are the best. Subtle flavor in the meat and it picks up the flavors of the sauce.
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10/06/2009
2 cups of water is 2 too much. Fix the recipe
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12/04/2007
Really easy, really good. My 10-year-old son made them!
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11/23/2007
The yummiest meatballs I've ever eaten. I multiply the recipe and freeze some after I cook them so I can just defrost and have a gourmet meal in a flash!
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11/04/2007
The meatballs are good hot or cold, great for breakfast on the morning after :) You can't have too much of a good thing ;)