meatballs with parmesan + parsley

by Amy on 1 November 2010

today is a very important day. yes, it’s all saints day + yes, it begins the dia de los muertos celebration, but more importantly, it’s my honey’s birthday. i won’t bore you with too much lovey doveyness, but i would like to take advantage of this day + give a holler to the man behind the fearless homemaker.

thanks, honey, for patiently nodding when i talk about the importance of eating healthy, + not pointing out my hypocrisy when i sit down to a dinner of ramen noodles, pickles, + two martinis.

thanks to you (+ your dad) for teaching me how to fish, now one of my favorite pastimes. double thank you for not making me bait the hook myself, because that gives me the heebie jeebies.

thanks for graciously eating that really horrible beef stroganoff i made, even though it tasted like papier mache + for making me laugh by saying, ‘it’s just like hamburger helper. except it took ten times as long to make + cost ten times as much. at least it’s all natural!’

in short, thanks for being a whole lot of awesome + making me smile. happy birthday!

in honor of honey’s birthday, today’s recipe is one of his favorites – meatballs with parmesan + parsley. these are delicious served with fresh pasta + marinara, or on a toasted baguette with provolone cheese. they are similarly tasty fresh out of the pan as a snack, which is convenient because you cannot cook these without becoming ravenously hungry.  try ’em – they’re perfection!

not surprisingly, this meatball photoshoot caught the eye of an interested hopeful participant.

meatballs with parmesan + parsley

makes about 4 dozen meatballs, adapted from bon appetit


4 large eggs
1/2 cup fresh french breadcrumbs
6 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 pounds lean ground beef


stir eggs, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, 3 tablespoons olive oil, parsley, garlic, 2 teaspoons salt + pepper in large bowl to blend. add ground beef + mix thoroughly. form mixture into 1 1/2-inch diameter meatballs.

pour enough oil into heavy large skillet to coat bottom; heat to medium-low. working in batches, add meatballs + fry until browned / cooked through, turning frequently + adding more oil as needed, about 15 minutes per batch. transfer to plate.

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1 Sharon Hiebing November 1, 2010 at 10:16 am

Oh my goodness, my mouth is watering right now. I am a huge meatball freak! I know what you mean about having a great man – mine is the cook, and he is seeing this recipe pronto!! Thanks for sharing…

Sharon Hiebing
Follow Your Dream Compass

2 Judy Stone-Goldman November 1, 2010 at 10:18 am

I love how you said all your thank you’s to a great guy in your life! Those of us fortunate enough to have wonderful mates need to be expressive and appreciative! I have no doubt he will also love your recipe. Wish I could enjoy it, but it has ingredients off limits for me. I’ll just enjoy the image, plus your dog looking so envious of people food.

Judy Stone-Goldman
The Reflective Writer

3 Louise Edington November 1, 2010 at 11:02 am

I knew you were going to post this one today as you’ve been teasing me on twitter :). I have the ingredients out already to make them – though I’m going to have to halve it. Can I say your dog looks like he has eaten all the meatballs in that picture and that he eats a lot of your cooking – LOL. You just come up with the most yummy recipes Amy and I love the style of your blog.
A very happy birthday to your honey
Louise Edington
International AuPair Finder

4 Awnya Boam November 1, 2010 at 11:48 am

Happy Birthday to your honey! That all looked so yummy that even though I just ate, I find myself drooling a little bit. :) Can’t wait to keep reading!

5 Bruce Barone November 1, 2010 at 12:19 pm


Did you see my meatball recipe?

6 Irene Turner November 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Ahhhhhhhhhh…the joy and love of a spouse is a great thing…and besides your great recipe (which I will use to tweek my own) I love how you capture what I think of as great love. It’s the patience, kindness, and all the small things that they do that add up to a great big LOVE! And, by cooking his favorite meal in the state of your love, well, no better meal will be had! After all, isn’t the greatest ingredient in any cooked food love?

7 Julie Labes November 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm

I love the way you incorporated those “thank you’s” into your recipe post. The meatballs look delicious and I hope you enjoyed them with wine and candlelight

8 janet November 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm

All I can say is Yummmm! I’ll substitute ground turkey as I don’t eat red meat, but still sounds like a winner! I think I’ll make it for my honey who likes yours is someone very special who warrants being spoiled occasionally. Thanks!

9 June Sockol November 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Hmm, I read your blog right at lunch time! I am not a very cook so I appreciate your blog and recipe. I’ll definately have to watch for your posts!

10 Pat Zahn November 1, 2010 at 3:50 pm

How wonderful to give a shout-out to your hubby! Who doesn’t love meatballs? In our house we have to do them gluten-free and cow-dairy-free, so I use breadcrumbs I make up and freeze and Sheep Romano instead of the Parmesan – otherwise very similar to yours – have you tried 1/2 beef, 1/2 pork?

11 Darcie Newton November 1, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Love your writing…made me chuckle several times…especially related to the ramen, pickle, martini comment. I also love the picture…great angle. I’ll give it a try…my hubbie and kids love them some spaghetti and meatballs. ;D

12 Donna McCord November 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm

thank you for the joyful post! Meatballs bring back wonderful memories of my grandmother who made the best meatballs ever, and her recipe is very similar to yours! the only real difference i see is that she added a pinch of allspice to her recipe. Since my husband has been on a diet, we haven’t been eating spaghetti and meatballs for awhile, so this is making me drool…hopefully i can convince him to break down for one night!

13 Franziska San Pedro November 1, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Happy birthday honey (your honey)! What a wonderful and loving post. And how much would I love to eat those meatballs and spaghetti, that´s too cruel to look at the pictures. And the picture with your puppy waiting for gravity to finally work is just too funny :-)

14 Jean Bentley November 1, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Great tribute to you husband, the recipe doesn’t seem to bad either! Haven’t had much luck making meatballs, maybe I should give these a try!

15 Yvonne Hall November 2, 2010 at 12:36 am

OOhhhhhhh YYYUUUMMmmmmyyyyy! Thanks for the addition to my recipe book MUST TRYs!

16 Candace C. Davenport November 2, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Nom nom (as my daughter would say).

I loved how you combined food with thanks- what better ways to be grateful!

My hubby eats red meat so I will make these for him and maybe, like Janet above, substitute turkey meat for me.

Nice post!

Candace Davenport ~ Little Books with a Big Message

17 Amy Pryor November 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm

My husband also loves pasta. This would be a great birthday dish for him as well. I can’t show him your blog though or he’ll wonder why I never write such nice things about him. Its great of you to honor him like that. Thank you for the recipe. I’ll definitely use it.

Amy Pryor

18 Rachel Lavern November 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Cooking a special meal for your sweetie is a great way to show how much you care, isn’t it. Your recipe sounds yummy…thanks for sharing it. I wonder how it would taste with turkey rather than beef

19 Julia M Lindsey November 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm

I am always looking for new recipes. My husband also has a birthday this week. I always make a special meal for him. I may try your recipe along with one of his favorite deserts. Have you tried ground chicken? I sometimes it better than ground turkey.

20 Jennifer Duchene November 3, 2010 at 12:19 am

What a wonderful husband. Supportive of creative self including hamburger helper! Love that. I too adore a good meatball. In fact my soon to be ex cooked us delicious meatballs for dinner. Such mouthwatering goodness. I should have had a martini!

Happy Birthday to your Honey!
Love reading recipes and eating what others cook.

Jen Duchene
The Home Makeover Mixtress blending cool and cozy style!

21 Joan Oliver Emmer November 3, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Wow! I have never put the word “fearless” in the same sentence as “homemaker” but it sounds like YOU’VE got it going on! The recipe sounds delicious and I am going to print it out and try it one of these cold autumn nights. (And I’ll be returning for more recipes, for sure!).


22 amy November 5, 2010 at 12:01 pm

julia, i’ve never tried these with ground chicken, but i too prefer ground chicken over ground turkey. i use it in tacos, burritos, + some asian dishes if i don’t want to use ground beef. good suggestion!

23 lauren perna January 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Hi Amy,
Me again. I made these for my new squeeze, and we LOVED them. Had so many leftovers – can’t wait to have them again.
Thanks for the recipe!

24 amy January 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm

hey, you again. =) i love that there’s a new squeeze + i’m thrilled that you made/enjoyed these!

this recipe does make a ton of meatballs – what i usually do is ball/cook half of them to start, freezing the rest of the meat to use a month or more later. with the ones that are cooked fresh, we generally eat half that evening, then the other half a few days later for lunch or dinner. so we get 4-5 meals out of one batch. NOM.

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