This recipe is being put out into the world wide web for all! I grew up with this being made by my Dad, often for large gatherings. After Tony and I got married, we visited Napa, and my Dad won my hubby's heart with these meatballs. I was really missing a dear couple, Jim and Wilma West, and since I can't invite them over, they live 1300 miles a way in New Mexico, I could show them how easy it is to make and not feel guilty as I bite into this goodness!
I used 2 pounds of good hamburger, along with 3-4 eggs, about a 1/2 cup of Parmesan, a full Cup maybe cup and half of breadcrumbs, about 1/3 cup of basil, garlic and a healthy amount of any other seasoning I have that says garlic.
The kicker is the Italian Sausage! HOT is what you want!! I buy the 6 pack, and 4 of them I cut the skin and take out the sausage and add to the meatball mixture. The other two go in a small sauce pan. (Back to that in a bit)
Mix with hands all the meat...it is totally gross...raw eggs between your fingers, the coagulated fat off the meat sticks to the palms of your hands, and the smell of raw meat lingers! But this really combines the hamburger and the sausage with the seasonings the best. I have tried to use my Kitchen-Aide and it isn't the same...and golly, you want to bring in the extra spice to home made meatballs!
Rolling them is next, I have willing servants for that as seen in the previous post!
I fry them up til crunchy on the outside! You may feel the need to pull them off quick, but let them get a good crunch! Please take notice of the small sauce pan in the back. This is where the extra two sausages are boiling along with 2 cut up peppers. I usually use green, but Tony brought the most beautiful yellow, orange and red ones, so I used them. I let them simmer til well, I am done cooking all the meatballs.
While the meatballs are cooling, pull the two sausages out and cut them up into bite size chunks:
**DO NOT THROW AWAY THE WATER THEY WERE BOILING IN*****
Enjoy!! It isn't the same without the noises of joy that emit from Jim Larry as he eats it, but we suffered through!