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Gramma Lena's Meatballs Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Gramma Lena Virgadamo

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
Meatball Ingredients:
2 - 2 1/2 Italian Bread Crumbs
1/2 cup grated Romano Cheese
Salt & Pepper to taste
Chopped Garlic, Celery, Green Onions
Parsley
1 pound Ground Beef
3 Eggs
2 tablespoons Sugar
Olive Oil & Vegetable Oil

Gravy Ingredients:
Chopped Celery, Onions & Garlic
Parsley
2 tablespoons sugar
1 medium can Tomato Paste
1 small can of Tomato Puree
1 medium can of Tomato Sauce
Note: Gramma mixed up the brands: Progresso, Hunts and Contadina

Directions:
Directions:
Mix all the ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl. Smell it and if it smells like it needs more cheese, add it. Keep hands slightly wet while rolling them into balls. Fry them in a mixture of very hot 1/2 vegetable oil and 1/2 olive oil. Drain them in a bowl with paper towels until ready to place in gravy.In a large frying pan, cook down the parsley, celery, onions and garlic. Add the tomato paste and sugar. Transfer this to a large pot then add the sauce and puree. Fill each can of tomato product used with about 1/2 of water, then place in the pot. Bring to a boil then reduce to low. Add your meatballs and continue to cook on low for about 1 1/2 hours. Serve over pasta with Romano cheese.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
"Gramma made this recipe almost weekly for the card games. I spent a weekend with her and wrote down what she did and enjoy re-creating her masterpiece each & every time. It brings me right back to 246 20th Street in New Orleans!" This is a regular menu item for us. No matter who ate it, they loved it. It has won contests and we made 300 of them for your graduation party and not a single one was leftover.

 

 

 

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