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Frankie's Meatballs

Rao's Recipes From The Neighborhood

GMA Recipes Dinner
Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min

Frank Pellegrino of New York's famous Rao's restaurant, joined Good Morning America to share the latest recipes from his new book, "Rao's: Recipes From The Neighborhood."

This recipe is the same one my aunt Anna would use for the restaurant. She inherited the recipe from her mother, my grandmother Paolina. Everyone in my family makes the meatballs the same way. Instead of buying separate ground beef, veal, and pork, try using 2 pounds of meat loaf mix from the supermarket.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground veal
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup Pecorino Romano cheese (freshly grated)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups plain bread crumbs
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, lightly smashed
  • Cooking Directions

    With your hands, combine the beef, veal, and pork in a large bowl. Add the eggs, cheese, parsley, minced garlic, and salt and pepper to taste and blend the ingredients together. Add the bread crumbs and blend into the meat mixture. Slowly add the water, 1 cup at a time, until the mixture is moist.

    Shape the meat mixture into 2 1/2 to 3-inch balls. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Saute the whole garlic until lightly brown to flavor the oil, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the garlic with a slotted spoon and discard. Add the meatballs and fry in batches, being careful not to crowd the pan. When the bottom half of the meatball is well browned and slightly crisp, about 5 to 6 minutes, turn it and cook the other side for 5 minutes more.

    Remove the meatballs from the heat and drain them on paper towels.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: beef, veal, pork, garlic

    Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Party Platter, Pasta

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