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11 / 21/ 2015


The other day, my older sister arrived at my mum’s house extremely excited about a new meatball recipe that her friend Izumi had taught her. But it is nothing more than an excellent traditional meatball recipe that was made with a generous portion of sage. My mum and I love discovering and cooking different dishes, so we made this new meatball recipe and the result was fantastic, absolutely tasty and easy to make! We always make a big portion, freeze and share it among our families. Lucky sister, because her meatballs were already saved in her freezer; my mum and I always thinking of everything! Of course, the first meal of my sister’s family was the famous sage meatball when they moved to Campinas. She served it with simple tomato sauce made with garlic and basil and she cooked some raviolis. But, before that, she saved one sage meatball without sauce for her adorable dog called Lady. I confess that I have never seen such an extremely cute and docile dog in all my life. The funny thing with this story was that my sister’s husband hates eating dishes with sauce, so she could have saved some meatballs without sauce for him too! So, I just know that he satisfied his hunger with a generous portion of cheese. On the other hand, his stepson was really happy with this episode, because he ate almost the whole portion of meatballs and made the following comment: “Those meatballs were the best I’ve ever eaten in my life!” Well, my sister’s last words were not so pleasant to her husband, because she said: ”Lady, come here! I’m gonna give you the meatball that I had saved for you! HAHAHA, the drama started at this point, because not even in his worst dreams did he think that she had only thought and saved a meatball without sauce for her adorable dog, LADY...



          Total time: 1 hour 50 minutes                      Serves: 52 meatballs




- 3 cloves garlic, crushed

- 1 onion, peeled and chopped

- 1 tablespoon olive oil (plus some olive oil for frying the meatballs)

- 1 kg minced beef

- 1 large bunch of sage, chopped

- 1 large bunch of parsley, chopped

- 1 tablespoon salt

- 1 large egg

- 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs  




1. In a small pan add the olive oil; grill the garlic with the onion and reserve;


2. Next, in a large bowl, mix all the ingredients with your hands and make small uniform balls. If you have any doubts about the taste of the mixture, you can grill a small portion and taste it to check if you like it;


3. After that, you should cover the meatballs with the seasoned breadcrumbs;


4. Put the meatballs in a pan with some olive oil and bake into preheated oven at 180°C until lightly browned. Be careful not to overbake the meatballs, because if that happens, they will be extremely dry. Or you can heat a large frying pan with some oil, add the meatballs and fry over a medium heat until they’re lightly golden.





- 250 grams breadcrumbs

- 50 grams parmesan cheese, finely grated

- 1 tablespoon dried oregano

- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary

- 1 tablespoon dried thyme

- 1 tablespoon dried garlic  and onion (optional)



1. Mix all ingredients and keep in a hermetic pot. It is a good choice to sprinkle the dish with these breadcrumbs in order to get a nice gratin. The crust will certainly be crispy.


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