Veal Meatballs

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  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 1 hr
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 24 meatballs; 6 to 12 servings
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1 cup fresh bread, cubed

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup wine

1 cup finely minced yellow onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 cup minced flat leaf parsley

1 teaspoon fried oregano

1 egg, slightly beaten

1 pound ground lean veal

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon Essence, recipe follows

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

Olive oil, for frying

Kicked-up Tzatiziki Sauce, recipe follows

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):

2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano

1 tablespoon dried thyme

Kicked Up Tzatziki Sauce:

1 medium cucumber, peeled, sliced in half, seeded and finely chopped

1 cup plain yogurt

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon juice or white wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dill or oregano

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon Essence


  1. In a small bowl soak the bread cubes in the water and wine, then squeeze dry. In a large bowl combine the bread cubes and the remaining ingredients except the Essence, breadcrumbs and olive oil, mixing with your hands until smooth. Cover and chill for half an hour.
  2. Season the bread crumbs with Essence in a shallow bowl. Shape the veal mixture into 1-inch balls and coat evenly with the bread crumbs. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, saute the meatballs in batches in the oil, turning to brown evenly on all sides. Repeat until all meatballs are cooked. Serve hot with Kicked-Up Tzatziki Sauce.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):

Yield: about 2/3 cup
  1. Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
  2. Recipe from New New Orleans Cooking, by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.

Kicked Up Tzatziki Sauce:

Yield: 1 1/2 cups
  1. In a medium bowl combine all the ingredients and chill for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to marry.
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