Via Matta Meatballs

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  • 8Servings


  • 2 pounds ground veal
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 3 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs, finely ground
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Crushed red pepper
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 12 basil leaves
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 3 eggs


In a large bowl, combine the veal, pork, half of the onions, 1 cup panko, the cheese and sage. Season with 1 teaspoon each salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper. Divide the mixture and form 12 meatballs; refrigerate on a baking sheet.

In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and the remaining onions and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and basil; season with salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes; keep warm.

In a large pot, heat 2 inches of vegetable oil until it registers 350 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer. In a bowl, beat the eggs with 1/4 cup water. Place the remaining panko in a bowl. Coat the meatballs in the egg, then in the panko. Working in 4 batches and allowing the oil to return to 350 degrees between batches, fry the meatballs until crisp, about 5 minutes. Serve with the tomato sauce.