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fried meatballs with dipping sauce

Fried Meatballs

  • Author: Mortadella Head
  • Total Time: 35
  • Yield: 4 1x



1 lb ground 80/20 beef 

1 lb of ground pork

5 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic

2 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

2 teaspoons black pepper

2 eggs

1 cup plain bread crumbs

1 cup grated Romano cheese 

2 cups of light olive oil or other neutral-flavored oil (choose one with a smoking point higher than 350°F)

Salt to taste


  1. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. I like to use my hands because you can really get everything incorporated nicely. 
  2. Form the meatballs with your hands. I try to get the meatballs about the size of a golf ball. I think that size is perfect for soaking up the sauce and staying nice and moist. 
  3. Add a half inch of oil to a large frying pan on medium-high heat. Bring the oil to about 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  4. Coat the raw meatballs in breadcrumbs.
  5. Fry the meatballs in the hot oil for 4-5 minutes, turning once halfway through.
  6. Place cooked meatballs on a paper towel lined plate to soak up the excess oil.
  7. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Resting time: 20
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Category: Meatballs
  • Method: Fried