Grandma Gerome's Meatballs

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Serves36 meatballs

AmountIngredientPreparation
red sauce optional (for baking in sauce or lard oil for frying)for baking
2 eggs
1 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
2 1/4 cups pecorino romano cheese
1 cup flat leaf parsley chopped
3/4 loaf Italian bread sliced, crust removed, soaked in wine or beef stock or water (or combination of)
3 pounds ground chuck
36 leaves fresh basil (optional)

1. If baking: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mash red wine-soaked bread with your hands in a large bowl until well combined. Add all other ingredients and mix together with your hands until all ingredients are incorporated.

3. Wet your hands with water and shape into balls. Top each with a fresh basil leaf.

4. If baking: Spray a baking pan with Pam and place meatballs on, with at least one inch between each. Cover with homemade red sauce or leave naked. Bake for 40 minutes. If frying: coat the bottom of a frying pan with lard or olive oil. Fry over medium heat until well browned and cooked through.

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