Mama’s Meatballs Recipe

A Gentleman’s Dish


One of the quintessential qualities of a gentleman is confidence, and though it’s beneficial in all areas of life, don’t neglect developing confidence in the kitchen. Cooking skills not only benefit the gentleman himself, but enable him to create a delightful meal to entertain friends, spend time in the kitchen with family, and help his partner with everyday household tasks. Read on for the crowd-pleasing dishes these five locals think every gentleman should know how to make.  


Photography by Rich Smith




Mamas Meatballs in a serving dish.

Mama's Meatballs

Brian McDonald
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Meatballs


  • 2 qts. ricotta
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • Salt, to taste

For the meatballs:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. ground italian sausage
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 jar marinara

Optional toppings:

  • Fresh basil
  • shaved parmesean
  • Olive Oil


For the lemon ricotta:

  • Add All ingredients to bowl and mix with a whisk until fully incoporated
  • set aside

For the meatballs:

  • For the meatballs: Knead all ingredients together (excluding the marinara) with your hands, then divide into 2.5 oz. pieces.
  • Shape into balls and add to greased 9x9 pan. Bake at 350° until they reach 165° by thermometer.
  • Add marinara to a skillet and toss meatballs in marinara. 


To serve, spread a layer of ricotta, place meatballs on top, and spoon in extra marinara. Add basil, shaved parmesan, and drizzle with olive oil to finish. 
Keyword meatballs
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