Melt-In-Your-Mouth Veal Meatballs

Written by chanie on January 14th, 2013

I’m a huge fan of veal. It’s got a lovely flavor and that tender, melt in your mouth quality. It’s also much lighter than beef, so you don’t feel as heavy when you eat it. One of my favorite veal recipes is for these delicious meatballs. I don’t call ’em melt-in-your-mouth for nothing. They really do melt. in. your. mouth. While this recipe uses few ingredients, it’s chock full of flavor, mostly due to the bay leaves. They give the broth and meatballs a delicious flavor while imparting the most heavenly aroma. You’ll wanna make them just for the smell!

Having little kids, meatballs are definitely a staple in my house, but the plain old beef meatballs in marinara sauce does get kind of boring. My kids gobble these down like you can’t imagine. And yours will too!

Have you seen my veal shepherd’s pie with celery root mashed potatoes? It’s another great veal recipe that you must try!

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  1. Wow these look delicious and easy to make! Veal is such a good idea.

  2. Hindy says:

    I have never cooked with veal, but love meatballs. These look fantastic. May have to try this recipe soon.

  3. Chanie these really do look amazing! So going to have to try this for dinner soon. Just my style! :)

  4. It’s a good thing I have ground veal in my freezer because I’m making this recipe very soon!!!

  5. These look amazing and the way you describe them makes me want to make them this weekend! My son is kind of picky and doesn’t like meatballs in marinara sauce, hoping he will like these.

  6. Fashion-isha says:

    The problem with being a vegetarean is posts like this. I’m not gonna lie, this makes me very hungry! I will try this for my family!

  7. Ronnie Fein says:

    Veal is so soft, and yes, kids love meatballs, so I always have some too. Adults like them too. Now I have to look at the Shepherd’s Pie.

  8. i have never made meatballs like this. they look and sound amazing!

  9. Love the picture – and that skillet!! Where did you get it? I really need a new skillet… it drives me crazy every time I cook.

    • chanie says:

      You have no idea how hard it was to photograph meatballs! The skillet is part of my cookware set, which I love. It’s very inexpensive but it’s amazing – it’s Belgique by Tools of the Trade. I got it many years ago, and they’ve changed the style since, so I don’t know if it’s still the same quality.

  10. Oh goodness, these look so amazing!

  11. I love the picture! Meatballs never look very appetizing in photographs but yours look amazing!

  12. I agree veal meatballs are so flavorful, I just wish it was cheaper.

  13. Prag says:

    The way you introduce this recipe sure makes me want to duplicate this recipe. Now I have to find out if ground (kosher) veal is something available here….
    If not I’ll just have to mix beef and chicken…

  14. chagiet says:

    I’d like to try this with regular chopped meat, since it’s cheaper. will that still be good? and what side dish do you recommend with this dish?

    • chanie says:

      I have done it with ground beef and it works, although it’s not as tender as veal. I like to serve it over basmati rice, with a side salad.

  15. Carole says:

    Lovely work! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is about veal? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. Cheers

  16. Carole says:

    Chanie, thanks for linking in. Hope to see you again soon. Cheers

  17. Teri Noel says:

    I made your recipe last week with the free-range veal that we raise on our farm. It was fantastic!! I have never made a meatball before in my life! I would love to share your recipe with my customers on my website and FB page, with your permission. I altered mine a little, using gluten free bread to make my crumbs, and adding a little garlic to the meat mixture. Can never have enough garlic!

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  19. lilly says:

    I tried these tonight and they are fabulous!!!
    Thank you!!

  20. Julia says:

    I’ve made these several times now and they are always a hit. My little one, who doesn’t always love to eat meat can’t get enough of these!

  21. Deb says:

    Made these today. Excellent. I drained the liquid from the meatballs and onions and put them in homemade sauce I canned this summer. Thank you for posting.

  22. chani says:

    Can u get ground veal in ch? Ask butcher to grind it? Thanks

  23. chagiet says:

    sorry. If I make the meatballs on Tuesday can I serve them Friday lunch?

  24. Ashlaree says:

    I’m on a very strict no-gluten eating regimen right now, can I eliminate the bread crumbs & one of the eggs? Has anyone tried this?

    • chanie says:

      Hi Ashlaree, I have never done it, but I can tell you that it would definitey affect the texture of the meatballs. Are there gluten free breadcrumbs that you can use instead?

  25. Nomi says:

    Can these veal balls be happily cooked in a crockpot ?

    • chanie says:

      I have never tried, but from my experience, recipes with a lot of water in them, and no thickener (like beans) don’t work very well. Perhaps if you cut down on the water it could work.

  26. I make meatballs all the time. I know that the top Italian restaurants (n the East Coast) get the best veal meatballs from the simmering method!

    Sadly I read the recipe wrong and put the carmelized onion into the meat before rolling into balls. I did toast some fennel seeds to add as veal is quite bland. I hope they are ok….I’ll call Rao and see if he approves! TO BE CONTINUED….OUCH!

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