Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy
Mary Ann's newest book contains over 150 recipes, 60 gorgeous food photos, and many scenic pictures of Italy taken by Mary Ann on her travels through the years.
Making good, moist meatballs still eludes many cooks. This became a theme of one of the shows in the Tuscan series and we invited home cooks to send us their favorite recipe. One that intrigued me was Lulu San Angelo's meatballs made with ricotta cheese. I invited her to come to the studio and make them for our television audience.1 cup seasoned boxed Italian bread crumbs.
3/4 cup whole or skim milk ricotta cheese
2 pounds ground chuck
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup onion, chopped fine
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup minced parsley
3 cloves minced garlic
1/3 cup grated Romano cheese
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
Grinding coarse black pepper
In a large bowl mix all the ingredients gently with wet hands and repeat occasionally as you form the meatballs to prevent them from sticking to your hands. Scoop up about 2/3 cup of the meat to make each one.
Place the meatballs on a rimmed baking sheet lightly sprayed with olive oil and bake them in a 350 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until cooked through. Serve hot.
This recipe is from CIAO ITALIA IN TUSCANY by Mary Ann Esposito, published by St. Martin's Press in 2003.