Meatballs are something that I have cooked so frequently, that I enjoy adding a great twist to them every once in a while. From different meats and spices, to adding various sauces to the mixture, I love making this classic dish unique and new. Whether I add sauce and noodles or make them into a meatball sub, this Italian staple never looses its charm. While I have tried store bought meatballs in the past, there is something so incredible about fresh out of the oven meatballs. To me, the taste is a mix of nostalgia and traveling through Italy. Not to mention childhood memories of my nonna’s (grandmother) famous mouthwatering meatballs.
Aside from my bias of my families meatball recipe, the best meatball I have ever tasted was at a small, rustic restaurant in Florence. On our honeymoon last summer, we were in Florence for just a few hours. While some visitors with us wanted to go to museums or walk through quaint shops, I was determined to try a sample of the food. When we walked into the tiny restaurant, it was so dark and had nearly no customers. Allie and I began having second thoughts, but we decided to go through with our quick decision. We ordered the only things we could pronounce and crossed our fingers that the food would be decent. Boy, were we in for a treat! The bruschetta was bursting with different flavors, the gnocchi was so rich, and the meatballs were simply divine! Each bite of the meatballs were so savory and the texture was so complex. When I think of that taste, I think only of the beauty and culture of Italy. Although I haven’t been able to recreate this amazing, delectable experience, I think that this meatball recipe comes extremely close!
The key to this recipe is using more wet ingredients. When I combined each of the elements, I thought at first that there were too many liquids. However, when they were fully cooked and I took a bite, the juiciness from these ingredients made it perfect. The best part of this meatball is of course the cheese filling. This great surprise made every bite even better! Take it from a meatball enthusiast, these meatballs were one of the best I have ever had! Just like the authentic meatballs in Florence, these are made to perfection and will surely become a staple in your Italian dishes. I hope you find them as mouthwatering and outstanding as we did! Buon appetitio!