AMISH MEATS ITALIAN: I let my grandmother and my Uncle Pat taste-test 3 different kinds of meatballs. Watch what happens when these two seasoned Italians do the taste test (my Grandmother is 87 and doing well…you’ll notice the oxygen she’s using as she recovers from a recent bout of pneumonia, but she’s going strong). Click here to watch the video and see which meatballs she chose. She was trying my mother’s homemade meatballs. My mom uses grandma’s recipe, although my grandma has often criticized my Mom’s meatballs as “not having enough salt”, or are “too flat”, even though Mom is using her recipe. Also in the taste test are meatballs from LaRosa’s a Cincinnati area pizza and Italian food chain who’s recipes have Sicilian roots. My grandma’s father came from Calabria at the southern tip of Italy close to Sicily.
While meatballs are generally seen as an Italian-oriented concoction they also have a wide constituency among the Amish. Amish who butcher their own beef usually have a plentiful supply of ground beef on hand, and with the simplicity of a meatball recipe, the food is a natural fit. Barbecued meatballs seem to be a real favorite among the Amish, here is a recipe that Lovina uses:
3 pounds hamburger (sausage or deer meat can be substituted)
1 cup milk
2 cups minute oats
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Mix together and form walnut-sized balls. Bake in 350 degree for about 15 minutes until brown. Pour off juices.
Sauce: 3 cups brown sugar, 2 cups catsup, 1 teaspoon mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Mix together and pour over meatballs. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 350.
MY GRANDMA’S ITALIAN MEATBALLS
My Grandma Mary makes these meatballs the night before and refrigerates them. The next day she bakes them and then puts them in her spaghetti sauce on the stove-top and lets the meatballs warm some more. I’ll have to get my grandma’s sauce recipe and post here next:)
4 pounds of ground chuck
6 – 7 ounces of parmesan cheese
garlic salt to taste
pepper to taste
regular salt to taste
1 /4 cup water
1 cup bread crumbs
1 /4 cup chopped onion.
Mix all of the above ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Shape into 54 medium-sized balls. Bake for about 30 minutes at 350.