I’ve been making these meatballs for as long as I can remember, but this is the first time I’ve written the recipe down, making them official! I usually use all beef in my meatballs, but occasionally I will add some pork. Feel free to use whatever meat combo you like to use.
I really like to use buttermilk in my meatballs as it has more flavor than regular milk and it helps to tenderize the meatballs. I like to chop the onion, garlic and parsley very fine, my daughters are not big fans of chunks of onions in their meatballs. Sometimes, I use my chopper to almost puree the onions, parsley and garlic, so the meatballs get all the flavor and moisture from the aromatics, but no one can detect any chunks!
Recently, I have been experimenting with grinding my own beef when I make meatballs, meatloaf or burgers! Who knew it was so easy! I buy a chuck roast and trim it down into pieces that I can use in my KitchenAid Food Grinder. Then in just a few minutes, I have freshly ground beef. You can also grind some of the other ingredients along with the beef such as the onion, garlic and parsley which is a real timesaver! I was skeptical at first that it would really make a difference in flavor, but I so wrong! It really tastes so fresh!
Check out my video below, I’ll show you how to assemble and use the KitchenAid Food Grinder Attachment to grind beef and make my meatball recipe.