Shake, Rattle & Roll
My Aunt Angela is famous for three things. Cream puffs, her jitterbug & meatballs.
When she came from Jersey to visit her brother & family in Florida she would make huge batches of heavenly cream puffs….It was expected, but we appreciated her labor & would help out as best as we could.
I wish I had her recipe; better yet, I wish she was in my kitchen making them herself!
Cream puffs seem so complicated…That’s why I like making meatballs! Our recipe & method couldn’t be more different either.
Hers are big, while mine are small.
She cooks hers all day tomato sauce & mine are made in under an hour.
My meatballs have a crispy caramelized outer layer & hers are super moist inside-out.
Hers are purely Italian & mine are more Italian-American.
The key here is to roll small balls. You can reference the photo above to see they are almost bite-sized.
Into the meat I normally put chopped garlic, pepper & plenty of dried basil.
As for the salt, I use a combination of sea salt & garlic-salt.
A little goes a long way so just a pinch of each, but go a little heavier on the garlic-salt.
Get the pan warmed up on low heat with some olive oil & start rollin’…Once your about finished, crank the heat up high.
Quickly, but carefully, put the meatballs in the pan. Don’t let any overlap.
Again, quickly/carefully, lift the pan off the burner & shake so the meatballs move around. You don’t want any sticking to the pan.
So basically at this point, let them sit for a minute then shake the pan again making sure all sides are evenly cooked.
Since your cooking at a high heat, continue to gently shake the pan to roll the meatballs around…Or just use a fork.
I’ve never actually timed this process, I just go by how they look.
You want the outside to get sort of caramelized & crisped up like I mentioned earlier.
Your not going to burn the meatballs IF you keep them moving periodically.
So try it out & let me know how it goes.
Do you prefer small & crispy or melt in your mouth baseball-sized meatballs?
Tough decision, right?
Peace & blessings to you,