Trentadue Italian Meatballs

Featured by Trentadue Winery - La Storia Wines in the Gold Wine Club.


A classic Italian dish and a Trentadue family favorite, Italian Meatballs with Tomato & Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce, are the perfect comfort food. This dish can be prepared ahead of time — once cooked you can even freeze the meatballs — and then simmered in a crockpot over an afternoon. Have some friends over and serve these meatballs as an appetizer or as a main dish over pasta or with freshly baked bread. Makes: 30 Meatballs and 3 quarts of Sauce Cooking Time: 50 minutes for meatballs; 2 hours for sauce.

2 pounds. ground chuck
1 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
3/4 cup Parmesean cheese, finely grated
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup low-sodium beef broth
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 cup low-sodium beef broth
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes


Mix together all ingredients (except the ground chuck and beef broth) in a large mixing bowl. Then add the ground chuck and mix thoroughly. To make the meatballs, take about 1 1/2 oz. of meat mixture and shape into balls using two spoons. Arrange meatballs on a baking sheet about 1/4 inch apart. Before baking, cover the bottom of the baking sheet with beef broth. Bake for about 20 minutes at 375 degrees or until the meatball are just cooked through.

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