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Frankie Valli's Secret Recipe for Meatballs

Updated: Wednesday, April 23 2014, 11:23 AM CDT

Made by: Marlana Dunn and Hayden Miles, Jersey Boys Cast


A "whole-lotta" fresh breadcrumbs (about 1 1/2 cups)

About 1 cup milk (warm)

1 lb. ground beef

1/2 lb. ground pork or veal

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 teaspoons dried oregano

About 2 cloves of minced garlic

1 extra-large egg, beater


1. Remove all jewelry, especially rings - wash hands

2. Soak breadcrumbs in warm milk for a few minutes.

3. Add the remaining ingredients and combine with jewelry-free, clean hands

4. Roll mixture into sizeable balls (about 2 inches in diameter)

5. Brown meatballs well in frying pan with olive oil - finish cooking in a simmering pan of Italian gravy (i.e. tomato sauce)

6. Serve meatballs (garnish with parsley, fresh grated parmesan) over pasta with a piece of crusty bread on the side

Frankie Valli's Secret Recipe for Meatballs

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