The Ultimate Meatball

Eats & Sips

The Ultimate Meatball


  • 2 lb ground beef chuck
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped prosciutto
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tsp hot red-pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon ground fennel seed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup fresh or boxed bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
  • A splash of olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a bowl, gently mix all the ingredients with your hands until thoroughly combined. Roll the mixture into tight golf-ball-size spheres, about 2 tablespoons each. Lightly oil a shallow baking pan or an ovenproof skillet, add the meatballs, and roast without turning until just cooked through, about 15 minutes.

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