olive oil, divided
medium onion, finely chopped
cloves garlic, minced
slices white bread, cut into small pieces and crusts removed
lean ground beef
lean ground pork
fresh parsley, finely chopped
each salt and ground black pepper
finely grated Parmesan cheese
1Heat 2 tbsp (30 mL) oil in a large skillet on medium. Add onion and cook until soft; approx. 10 min. Add garlic and cook for 1 min. longer. Transfer onion and garlic mixture to a small bowl and let cool.
2Place bread pieces in a small bowl and cover with milk. Allow to soak for a few minutes. Meanwhile, combine beef and pork in a large bowl. Gently break meat into smaller pieces with hands. Add egg, parsley, salt, pepper, reserved onion and garlic, bread and cheese. Mix until well combined.
3Using a 1/4 cup (60 mL) measure, scoop meat mixture and roll into 16 balls. Place on baking tray. Heat remaining olive oil in skillet on medium. Working in small batches, add meatballs and brown on all sides, then cook 15 to 20 min. or until internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C) on an instant-read thermometer.
1Before you form the meatballs, fry up a small bit of the meat to check the seasoning. You may want to add a bit more salt after you've tasted it.