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Mama's Meatballs

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“This recipe is the very definition of "meatballs" for me. My brother and I grew up with it, and then my niece and nephew did, too. Make sure the meat mixture is good and cold when you make out the balls and it will hold together much better. This is my very favorite comfort food. Serve with mashed potatoes, and enjoy!”
1hr 55mins

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 12 cup onion, chopped
  • 14 cup uncooked rice
  • 14 cup cracker crumb
  • 1 14 teaspoons salt
  • 13 cup milk
  • 18 teaspoon pepper (or more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 34 cup hot water


  1. Combine first 7 ingredients. Mix well, and put in refrigerator to chill. When chilled, shape into small balls.
  2. Melt shortening in large heavy skillet, over medium-high heat. Brown meatballs on all sides, turning as necessary.
  3. Add soup and water to skillet with browned meatballs. stirring down to distribute evenly in pan.
  4. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer about 1 1/4 hours. Stir gently occasionally to keep meatballs from sticking.

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