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Meatballs (Fredas Foibles)
by Freda Douglas
09/26/03
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FREDAS FOIBLES 03/13/03 by: Freda Douglas
Last week I gave you the recipe for the spaghetti sauce we used to make for our pasta in our restaurant years ago. Today I will give you our recipe for meatballs. This recipe I guess could be cut down for a smaller amount, but bear in mind we made 50 pounds of meatballs at a time. (Believe me, those pans were difficult to wash, no matter how ambitious you were.)
So here goes, our recipe for meatballs.
When I talk about the container we put the seasonings in for the meatballs, it at one time held ten pounds of grated Parmesan cheese. In the case of the meatballs the large measuring spoon is a typical spoon used to stir food on the stove. (I warned you this was unorthodox.)
Using the aforementioned spoon and large cheese container mentioned previously, into that container put 4 salt, 4 ˝ garlic powder, 1 black pepper, and 2 chile powder. To those spices add 3 large Spanish onions, cut into chunks, 2 cups pizza sauce (with its spices), 4 handfuls grated cheese (remember this was a man’s hand) and 2 dozen eggs.
After this mixture was made, we took it to our butcher who mixed it with 40 pounds of ground hamburg (strictly lean) and five pounds of pork. How he mixed the whole mess together was rather unique. First he ground the meats in the grinder, then put the meat back in the grinder, mixed the ingredients we gave him in the meat and put it all through the grinder again. He finished up by putting the mixture in a large plastic bag. We then took the bag of meatball mixture to our kitchen and prepared the meatballs for baking. For the spaghetti we used a small ice cream scoop and for the meatball sandwiches we used a large ice cream scoop. After we baked them in the pizza oven, and the meatballs were at least room temperature we plastic bagged them and put them in the freezer, where they kept beautifully. And that’s how meatballs were made in Rollie’s Pizza Shop.
Meatball sandwiches were a favorite among our teen age customers. We toasted a piece of French bread which had been cut from a whole loaf so that made the sandwich about seven inches long. We put one meatball (remember these meatballs were made with a large ice cream scoop), sliced it down on the bread and put a scoop of sauce over that. They were messy but well liked. I remember one of my kids went outside to eat his meatball sub so he could visit with his friends. The conversation must have turned boisterous because my customer got sauce all over his shirt. I knew his mother, and knew she wouldn’t take kindly to that situation. I had him take the shirt off, washed it at the kitchen sink and hung it by the pizza oven to dry and his mother was none the wiser. That was only one incident out of many of my rapport with ‘my kids’ but those were the days. I was young but my kids were younger. And life keeps moving right along.
God loves you and so do I.
GOD BLESS AMERICA and let us remember what President Jimmy Carter said. “We are all Americans together – and we must not forget that the common good is our common interest and our individual responsibility.”














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