Myrtle's Meatball Recipe

By • August 8, 2010 • 14 Comments



Author Notes: My mom was scarcely an avid cook, but she did make a few things really well, especially her meatballs, her beef stew, and her apple pie. Because she passed away recently, in her honor I want to preserve this recipe. This may not be award-winning to anybody else, but it is pretty special to me. She grew up with Fanny Farmer's cookbook and appreciated classic, simple, uncomplicated food. - Sagegreen Sagegreen

Food52 Review: Talk about comfort food. The kitchen was filled with a wonderful warmth and aroma from cooking up the meatballs and making the sauce. The meatballs were little bombs of flavor, tender and juicy. And the best thing was the simplicity. This recipe was a breeze to put together, a perfect option for during the week. We truly enjoyed this recipe! A special thanks to Sagegreen for sharing it with us. - adamnsvetcookingA&M

Serves a family of five

  • 1 pound mix of ground sirloin and chuck
  • 3/4 cups rolled old fashioned oat meal flakes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • dash of black pepper
  • 4 cups stewed tomatoes with their juices, skins removed
  • 1 small 6 oz.can, remaining tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup rose wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced and seeded
  • sprigs of fresh thyme, oregano, and marjoram
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parmesan cheese
  • fresh chopped parsley for garnish
  1. Mix the oatmeal, egg, cheese, thyme, oregano, 2 tbls. of tomato paste, salt and pepper together. Gently add the beef. Roll to form 1 1/2" balls.
  2. Brown these in a skillet, but do not cook through and then transfer them to a Dutch oven.
  3. Saute the onion and green pepper in the skillet and add to the Dutch oven.
  4. Mix the remaining tomato paste, some rose wine, and the stewed tomatoes to the Dutch oven.
  5. Add the herbs and simmer slowly for @ 35-40 minutes. Serve with spaghetti and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and fresh chopped parsley.

Tags: Beef, cheese, classic, tomatoes

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

I think I grew up overcooking meatballs! Probably the times on all my recipes should be reduced.

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almost 4 years ago zazafrasca

Mom's do make the best meatballs. I hope you post Myrtle's Apple Pie recipe someday. Fantastic picture. What a glamorous mother you had.

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks! I will be making the pie this fall: it was her very best recipe.

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almost 4 years ago JoanG

I have enjoyed a similar recipe, also cooked ina meatloaf. Lovely tribute to your mom! My mother had the same approach to cooking as yours ,and also loved her Fanny farmer cookbook.

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

My mom had the exact same recipe for meatloaf now that you mention that!

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almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

So glad you posted this! In May we had a "best thing your mother taught you" contest and we all posted photos of our moms--so glad you were able to post yours.

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Sorry I hadn't discovered the site then. That is a contest I will have to find to take a look.

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

Yes, check out the Mom's Day posts - they are wonderful. Love the light in your Mom's eyes - thumbs up!

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almost 4 years ago adamnsvetcooking

Your mom was very pretty, and her recipe sounds amazing! I am always bias to a recipe that has a bay leaf in the ingredients list.

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thnaks. She was pretty wonderful!

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

So sorry you lost your Mom! My mother is gone now as well, and she was a Fanny Farmer fan too, as am I. Thanks for sharing her recipe - lovely photo!

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks. You are welcome. I was reared on Fanny Farmer! It is a classic.

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almost 4 years ago lapadia

Pretty picture of your mom, and hats off to your mom's meatballs!

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thank you!