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How come my italian meatballs are never tender,am I cooking them too long?

asked by gino61 about 6 years ago
7 answers 1381 views
22b9ddc9 fc61 48a3 949e dee341974288  liz and dad
added about 6 years ago

I find that mixing in some milk-soaked bread makes my meatballs moist. Soak your bread, then squeeze out the excess milk (discard milk) and mix in the bread with the meat mixture.

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added about 6 years ago

Thank You, i was using bread crumbs from the box.

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added about 6 years ago

Mix in 4 slices of water soaked white bread (discard the ends) to a pound of ground beef. Add fresh ingredients: 4 small chopped cloves, fresh ground garlic, chopped parsley, and 8 teaspoons of pecorino romano grated cheese. Mix beef, ingredients with 2 eggs and form meat balls. Brown meatballs in olive oil then add to your gravy (sauce). Cook gravy for 2 hours.

IIf you use whole wheat bread, they will not be tender. White bread is the key.

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added about 6 years ago

I like the milk/bread idea. I often use milk and oatmeal.. about 1/2 cup quick oats and 3/4 cup milk. The oatmeal mimics the texture of the ground beef, and you never know it's there.

9b94e94b 0205 4f2c bb79 1845dcd6f7d6  uruguay2010 61
added about 6 years ago

Also, the more you mix it the more you bring out the protein in the meat that can over bind the meatballs. But the panade (fresh bread crumbs & milk) idea is the way to go.

22b9ddc9 fc61 48a3 949e dee341974288  liz and dad
added about 6 years ago

usuba dashi is right, be gentle with your meat balls. :)

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added about 6 years ago

Try Rocco's Mama meatballs they are moist, it includes chicken stock. It calls for plain breadcrumbs. I make fresh ones by buzzing white bread (pepperridge farms, not balloon bread) in the blender.
http://www.roccodispirito...