My Israeli Mother-in-Law's Meatballs

My Israeli Mother-in-Law's Meatballs

When I was asked how these were different from regular meatballs, I answered that my mom never simmered the meatballs in a sauce. These are like hamburgers. How about packing them in your bento?

Ingredients: Makes 8 meatballs

* Ground beef
500 g
* Onion
1 large
* Italian parsley
as needed
* Eggs
* Panko
1/2 cup
* Potato
1 large
* Garlic
3 cloves
* Salt
to taste
* Paprika and your choice of seasonings
to taste
Tomato purée
as needed
Vegetable oil
for frying
1 1/2-2 cups


1. Combine the * ingredients. Mince the garlic and 1/2 of the onion, finely chop the parsley, and grate the potato.
2. Form the mixture into balls, then fry in a frying pan liberally greased with oil until browned.
3. Mince rest of the onion into large pieces, then sauté in a pot with a small amount of oil.
4. Finely chop the tomato and sauté in the pot for about 5 minutes, then add the tomato purée and water to make the sauce. Season with salt, pepper, and other seasonings to taste.
5. Once the sauce starts to boil, add the meatballs.
6. Cover with a lid, and simmer for about 20 minutes over low heat. They're ready to be served!

Story Behind this Recipe

This is what my Israeli mother-in-law prepares when she needs one more dish. One night, when we were alone together, she taught me how to make these meatballs, as I documented the process with photos.