I'm about at my wits' end trying to make some passable meatballs.
Over the last several months I must have tried 10 times to make them edible to no avail. In fact, my latest batch was terrible.
I've tried a lot of parsley, and no parsley, heavy on breadcrumbs, and light on breadcrumbs, two eggs up to 6 eggs, with Parmesan cheese and with a whole lot more cheese...
I've tried frying them and I've tried baking them.
I've even tried expensive organic beef!
I've Googled for recipes....and I've interrogated good cooks I know. All to no avail.
My latest tinkering, in hopes of reproducing the out-of-this-world meatballs some homeschooling *mom* I know makes, involved ultra-lean beef, Worcestershire sauce, and of all things - jarred sauce! (All three ingredients were novel in my experimentation.)
I did just about everything she told me but mine came out, like I said above, the worst batch yet.
There are still some variables I can tweak - like my brand of breadcrumbs (homemade), my brand of cheese (pecorino romano), etc. But my frustration is so high I'm about ready to quit on this one, for now anyway.
My wife laughed her hiney off at me the other day as I cursed this last
What kills me is that I can really cook otherwise.
See also - Pasta Rotation - Bolognese.