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.

The Martha Stewart Show, March Winter 2007, The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 2117


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Recipe Summary

Makes 14 to 18 meatballs


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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.

  • 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.


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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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2 cups of water is 2 too much. Fix the recipe
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Really easy, really good. My 10-year-old son made them!
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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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The meatballs are good hot or cold, great for breakfast on the morning after :) You can't have too much of a good thing ;)