This was always a favorite of mine while growing up. Loved to go to Grandma's when she was making this meatball dish. Never thought to get the recipe before she passed away. Lucky for me, while visiting my dad, I asked him about it, and he had me make them. Tasted just like I remembered. Add my cucumbers and sour cream recipe (also from Grandma), some mashed potatoes and string beans or corn on the side, and you have a great meal.


Recipe Summary

1 hr 40 mins
2 hrs 10 mins
30 mins
10 servings


Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine beef, chopped onion, eggs, parsley, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix until well blended.

  • Form mixture into meatballs slightly larger than a golf ball.

  • Spread flour onto a plate and dredge meatballs in flour to lightly coat, shaking off excess.

  • Heat butter and oil in a large Dutch oven or deep-sided frying pan over medium heat. Add meatballs in batches and brown evenly, about 5 minutes per batch. Remove and drain on paper towels.

  • Add onion slices to to the pot and brown lightly, 5 to 7 minutes. Return meatballs to the pot and add water to partially cover. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, adding more water if necessary.

Cook's Note:

If simmering mixture is too watery, add 1 to 2 beef bouillon cubes. For a thicker sauce, combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water and add to gravy, bringing to a boil.

Nutrition Facts

274 calories; protein 21.3g; carbohydrates 7.1g; fat 17.3g; cholesterol 111.3mg; sodium 105.8mg. Full Nutrition