My family's recipe:
85% lean ground beef
The following 7 ingredients (which I can repeat in my sleep since they were indoctrinated in me since I was a small child! LOL!) I cannot give exact measurements since I was not taught to measure......I was always told and taught "you will know when it's the right amount by how the mixture looks, feels, and the aroma"!
2 eggs for every lb. of ground beef
Parsley Flakes, dehydrated or fresh minced, to taste
Salt, to taste
Black Pepper, to taste
Fresh grated Romano Cheese, to taste
Fresh garlic, minced well, 2-3 per lb. of beef, to taste (garlic powder may be substituted to taste but I cannot give a measurement, however not garlic salt!)
Plain Bread crumbs, commercially purchased, or day old bread grated on the back of a box grater. Amount will vary depending on moisture of meat and eggs. (we don't use seasoned bread crumbs because we put in all of our own seasonings)
......Mix by hand and if too moist add more bread crumbs a little at a time....if too dry add a few drops of water at a time as you mix.
Fry and turn on all sides until completely browned and cooked. (If I don't have the time to stand and fry them I bake them on a sheet pan @350 until cooked.) Put them in the gravy to continue cooking. We love to eat them just fried or out of the oven as a snack or even to have as dinner instead of the usual steak, meatloaf, etc.!
Stargazer77: You want them cooked enough but slightly pink inside is ok since they will be cooking in the gravy for a while and will finish then.
If eating them without putting them in the gravy you would want them cooked more.....I would suggest splitting one open as you cook them. I would say not quite as much as the way a meatloaf would be cooked, if that makes any sense?!
Hope this helps!!
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