Marlene’s Meat Balls

Fresh Herbs

  • 1/2 c basil leaves
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 c Italian parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1/2 c oregano leaves, chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno, seeded and minced

Dried Herbs

  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp Essence
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 tbsp fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander


  • 1 c Parmesan
  • 2 slices dried bread
  • 1 1/2 c milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 pounds ground meat


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Gather four bowls, three medium-sized and one large size.
  3. In first medium bowl, soak bread in milk.
  4. Chop the five fresh herbs and place in second medium bowl.
  5. Combine the eight dried herbs in third medium bowl. Mix, then add Parmesan and stir.
  6. Stir soaked bread then add egg and beat to an even consistency.
  7. Add contents of second  bowl of chopped fresh herbs and stir until uniform.
  8. Repeat with third bowl of dried mixed herbs.
  9. Combine with ground meat and form meat balls to desired size in oven proof skillet.
  10. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, turning and draining off grease as required.
  11. While cooking, clean large bowl and place paper towel on bottom of bowl.
  12. When cooked, remove grease by placing the meat balls on the paper towel.  Prepare remainder for freezing by cooling on cookie sheet, then freeze in vacuum-sealed freezer bags.


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