Three Secrets to the World's Best Homemade Meatballs

Yo ma, you got anymore meatballs! When it comes to meatballs and Italian boys, there is no greater expert on making and eating meatballs, than our very own celebrity chef, Joe Borio, host of the popular YouTube channel, Cooking Italian with Joe. Although there are many secrets and tips on making any Italian dish, Chef Joe Borio will share three of his very own major secrets, on making the World's Best Homemade Meatballs. 

One, you want to use a blend of three meats. Start with two parts high quality beef, add one part pork, and last, is one part veal. Why three meats? Each meat offers a unique flavor and fat as well as texture offering up a tender chew with deep flavor in every bite.

Second, you gotta caramelize the onions! Yes that's right. No more big chunks of raw or partially cooked onions hanging off the sides. We are making something unique and beautiful here. The flavor of roasting or caramelization of any food truly releases the sugars but better than this, it creates a depth of flavor and complexity of taste that is second to none. The tender soft onion now is perfectly blended with the entire meatball offering this beautiful sweet and rustic flavor throughout the entire mouthwatering experience.

Third and last of today's secrets, is the deep fry! So, no bake, or the pan fry, or the sauce cook. I mean the deep fry. So you take a large pan and put an inch and a half or two inches of good quality olive oil or peanut oil and you pipe the oil up to 375 and when ready the meatballs gets a hot oil bath. Now I may be a bit bias here but using Vito and Joe's Extra Virgin Italian Olive Oil is a great way to go. This too will offer up a caramelized on the exterior of the meatball, but more than this, it preserves the interior moisture with all of its flavors. At the same time, frying offers you a distinct texture on the outside that will marry beautifully with the soft tender interior and exterior crunch. 

Now of course there are so many other pointers and tips, like bread crumbs, eggs, adding some grilled pancetta, as well as the cheeses and so much more, but hitting the three above is a great start to setting a new standard of deliciousness in your kitchen.

To learn more on this meatball recipe, visit Joe Borio on his YouTube episode, How to Make the World's Best Homemade Meatballs,

You can spend time with Celebrity Chef, Joe Borio and "Cooking Italian with Joe" on YouTube, cooking in his very own kitchen at his home in Cazenovia NY, or in his Italian villa and very own olive farm in Puglia Italy and see exactly how the old school Italians make magic in the kitchen. Also, benefit from generations of cooking experiences, to bring you the best Italian cooking tips, travel tips, and what to love about Italy, for your family for years to come.

 Celebrity Chef Joseph Borio is an olive oil producer and offers for sale, Extra Virgin Italian Olive Oil, named after his two sons, Vito & Joe’s Extra Virgin Italian Olive Oil, available for purchase  on

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