Sal’s Old School Meatballs

Sal’s Old School MeatballsNote from Marc:
My father instilled three things in me: (1) Always work for yourself—no matter what, be the boss; (2) Always have integrity—you are only as good as your word; (3) Always use veal, pork, and beef in meatballs. Life really is that simple!

Makes about sixty 1-ounce meatballs (thirty 2-ounce meatballs or twenty 3-ounce meatballs)

Ingredients1 pound ground veal
1 pound ground pork
1 pound ground beef
4 slices white sandwich bread, torn
1½ cups milk
3 eggs
2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
1 cup grated pecorino cheese
6 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1½ cups tipo 00* flour or all-purpose flour
¼ cup grapeseed oil

Combine the veal, pork, beef, bread, milk, eggs, 2 cups Parmesan, pecorino, 6 tablespoons parsley, salt, pepper, and garlic in a stand mixer fitted with the flat blade. Mix on medium-low speed for 1 minute.

Scoop out ⅛-cup pieces of meat and gently roll them between your hands into balls about the size of a golf ball. The meat will be soft, so don’t compress it too much. Put the flour in a bowl and toss the meatballs in the flour as you work. Heat the grapeseed oil over medium heat in a large skillet and, working in batches, add the floured balls, cooking them until golden brown all over, 8 to 10 minutes total. The internal temperature should be about 155°F.

Divide the meatballs among plates; sprinkle with Parmesan and parsley.

*you can buy this flour from King Arthur Flour – it is called Italian-style flour



2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
4 cups San Marzano tomatoes (1 ¼- 28 ounce cans)

Heat the oil in a large skillet over moderately low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened. Add the potatoes and tomatoes and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.  Mash with a whisk and add salt and pepper to taste.



Here’s where we shopped in Philadelphia

For meat:
Esposito’s Butcher Shop
1001 South  9th Street,
Phone: 215-922-2659

For fish:

The delightful young lady who greeted us at the door of the fish market.

Darigos Fish Market
1015 South 9th Street
Phone: 215-922-2232

For cheese:
DiBruno Brothers
930 South 9th street

Dibruno’s also has a store in Rittenhouse Square at
1730 Chestnut Street

A terrific Kitchenware shop at the Italian Market that is worth visiting:
Fante’s Kitchen Shop
1006 S. Ninth Street


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