Mini Italian Meatballs with Ricotta Dip

Mini Italian Meatballs with Ricotta Dip

Whether or not you are a football fan… you are most likely a fan of at least one aspect of “The Big Game”….


Here is my first ‘Game Day’ recipe for y’all.

I’m in the sort of mood today that makes me want to call you “y’all”. I hope that is alright with y’all.

These meatballs and the dip can be made ahead! Just bake ’em or fry ’em before serving!

You can make them rich or keep them on the healthy side to match up with your New Years’ Resolutions!

Here’s the step by step:

Grate up some onion y’all.


Mince up a large garlic clove…


Heat up some olive oil…


Then season and sauté the onion and garlic until the onions are well softened…


Chop up some fresh thyme leaves.


Toss ’em in and stir for another minute or so.

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Now y’all should cube up some day-old bread.

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Toss about 1/2 cup of the cubes in a small bowl.


Pour some milk over the bread cubes and let them soak.



Add ground beef and spicy Italian sausage to a large bowl (I used ground turkey and Italian turkey sausage to make it a bit healthier… but then I shallow fried the meatballs so I didn’t go all the way with the ‘healthy’ version of this recipe.


Grate up some good Parmesan cheese…


Squeeze the excess milk out of the bread cubes.


Add them to the large bowl along with an egg, the Parmesan, a teaspoon of lemon zest, and your cooled onion mixture.


Scoop out 1-ounce portions for each of your meatballs. I used a heaping tablespoon for each meatball and it turned out just about right.

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Heat about 1/4 cup olive oil over medium heat, roll each of the meatballs in flour (shake off that excess), and shallow fry them for about 5 minutes until they are golden brown.

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And now for the super difficult-to-make dip.

Actually no.

It’s super easy.

It’s a super easy Super Bowl dip. Haha.

Ricotta… whip it up so it’s smooth then add in some balsamic vinegar.


Stir in your favorite jarred marinara from the store.


Squeeze in a couple teaspoons of lemon juice.


And your done! SUPER SUPER SUPER easy. See?

Now you just need to serve ’em up!

Me and mine REALLY enjoyed testing this recipe out.



Ooooooo! YUM-O.

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Here’s that printable recipe one last time!

Happy Game Day Planning Y’all!

love, jenna

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