Baked Italian Meatballs, Italian Sausage and Braciole for an Italian Sunday Gravy Feast
A classic pairing like spaghetti and meatballs is truly a beautiful thing. Gather your loved ones around a big plate of meat, sauce and pasta and you’ve got the perfect family meal.
This year for Christmas Eve, I planned a Sunday Gravy Italian Feast. Starting mid-day, I prepared my three meats, Italian Meatballs, Italian Sausage and Braciole. After they were cooked, the meats simmered in an Italian seasoned tomato sauce for hours and I have to admit, the results were incredible.
For Sunday Gravy, you need an Italian Meatball recipe that is dense and tight enough to hold up in that long simmer. A combination of cream and buttermilk, Panko and Italian bread crumbs and a quick bake in the oven and you’re in business. You’ll find the recipe below, but first let’s talk about that Sunday Gravy.
I follow the method I found years ago from this video called Sunday Gravy…That’s Right Its Called Gravy on YouTube courtesy of Diana DeLaFuente. Very Italian and very East Coast. Watching you’ll see why I trust hers to be a great version.
Bake one recipe Italian Meatballs, fry six links of Italian Sausage and Braciole. In a large soup pan with about 1/4 cup of hot olive oil, I saute two chopped carrots, two chopped stalks of celery and one chopped onion. When they’re starting to soften, I add four chopped garlic cloves. Add three cans of crushed tomatoes, one small can tomato paste, one cup water, four tablespoons Italian seasoning mix, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup sugar. I let this simmer with the lid ajar for one hour.
After you’ve cooked the meat and let it come to room temperature, add it to the sauce that’s been cooking. Let this simmer on low for 2 – 3 hours.
Adjust seasonings and serve over pasta and top with grated parmesan cheese.
- 1 small onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic peeled and diced
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup cream
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
- 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- Peel and dice onion and garlic. In a medium bowl, slightly beat the eggs, milk and buttermilk together.
- In a large bowl add all ingredients and mix well with your hands. Form into golf ball sized balls and bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Baked Italian Meatballs …It’s what’s for Sunday Gravy.