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Grilled Italian Meatballs (Polpetti)

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It is all about the meatballs. Dish them up at any gathering and your family and friends will give them rave reviews.

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  • 1 1/2 Cup cubed white bread, crustless

  • 1/4 Cup milk or water

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil

  • 2 Pieces sliced bacon, finely chopped

  • 1 Small yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 Clove garlic, minced

  • 1 1/2 Pound Ground Chuck

  • 1/2 Pound ground pork

  • 1 Cup Parmesan cheese, grated

  • 2 Tablespoon Fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher salt

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Basil, dried

  • 1/4 Teaspoon dried oregano

  • Prepared marinara or other sauce, for serving

  • Fresh basil leaves, for serving

  • 1

    In a large bowl, combine the bread and milk and let sit for 5 minutes. Wring the milk out of the bread. Discard the milk and return the bread to the bowl.

    • 1 1/2 Cup cubed white bread, crustless

    • 1/4 Cup milk or water

  • 2

    In frying pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the bacon, onion, and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes, or until the onion is translucent and the bacon has begun to render its fat. Add to the bread mixture and let cool.

    • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil

    • 2 Pieces sliced bacon, finely chopped

    • 1 Small yellow onion, chopped

    • 1 Clove garlic, minced

  • 3

    In the bowl with the bread and cooled bacon, add the ground chuck, ground pork, Parmesan, parsley, salt, pepper, basil, and oregano. Gently combine the ingredients with your hands.

    • 1 1/2 Pound Ground Chuck

    • 1/2 Pound ground pork

    • 1 Cup Parmesan cheese, grated

    • 2 Tablespoon Fresh parsley, chopped

    • 1 Teaspoon Kosher salt

    • 1/2 Teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper

    • 1/2 Teaspoon Basil, dried

    • 1/4 Teaspoon dried oregano

  • 4

    Generously oil your hands with olive oil and form the meat mixture into 1 1/2-inch meatballs.
  • 5

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 350°F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.

    350 ˚F

  • 6

    Insert the probe into the center of a meatball. Place the meatballs directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and cook until the internal temperature reaches 160°F, 25-30 minutes.

    350 ˚F

    160 ˚F

  • 7

    Remove the meatballs from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes. Skewer the meatballs with toothpicks or short bamboo skewers and serve with warmed marinara sauce, or serve over pasta. Garnish with fresh basil leaves, if desired. Enjoy!

    • As Needed Prepared marinara or other sauce, for serving

    • Fresh basil leaves, for serving

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