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Frankie Valli’s Meatballs & The Cast of ‘Jersey Boys’

Posted at 11:39 AM, Jan 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-15 11:39:36-05

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) - Actors Adam Zelasko and Marlana Dunn from the musical, 'Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' and local restaurateur Peter Caserta of the restaurant Stuzzi shared lead singer  Frankie Valli's recipe for  'Secret' meatballs. You have the chance to see 'Jersey Boys' currently underway at the Landmark Theater until Sunday, January 19th. For ticket and schedule information visit http://www.landmarktheater.net/

Frankie Valli’s Secret Recipe for Meatballs

A “whole-lotta” fresh breadcrumbs (about 1½ cups)

About 1 cup milk (warm)

1 lb. ground beef

½ lb. ground pork or veal

½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 teaspoons kosher salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 teaspoons dried oregano

About 2 cloves of minced garlic

1 extra-large egg, beaten

Step (1) Remove all jewelry, especially rings – wash hands

Step (2) Soak breadcrumbs in warm milk for a few minutes

Step (3) Add the remaining ingredients and combine with jewelry-free, clean hands

Step (4) Roll mixture into sizeable balls (about 2 inches in diameter)

Step (5) Brown meatballs well in frying pan with olive oil – finish cooking in a simmering

pan of Italian gravy (i.e. tomato sauce)

Step (6) Serve meatballs (garnish with parsley, freshly grated parmesan) over pasta with a

piece of crusty bread on the side