Egg Balls Recipe

As promised last week, today I’m sharing a recipe that has been handed down from my father-in-law’s mother. This recipe was created out of necessity during the depression when she needed to make dinner and had to use what little items she had!

This isn’t a difficult recipe, but it isn’t exactly for beginner cooks, either. It took me a few tries to get the consistency right; however, even with the wrong consistency it still tastes good. 🙂 I thought I had pictures of this, but alas, I don’t (or couldn’t find them), but next time I make this, I post some pictures.  Anyway, here it goes:

Recipe: Egg Balls


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 28 oz can Italian Plum Tomatoes (put in blender for a few seconds)
  • 1 can peas, drained
  • 1 cup water
  • olive oil


To Make egg balls:

  1. Beat eggs with whisk.
  2. Add cheese, bread crumbs and seasonings and stir well.
  3. Put in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or until the sauce is done. (The mixture will – should – thicken in refrigerator.
  4. To make sauce:

  5. Thinly line bottom of frying pan with oil.
  6. Saute onion until golden.
  7. Add tomatoes, stir and simmer for 1/2 hour.
  8. Add 1 cup water and peas.
  9. Simmer 15 minutes more.
  10. Using your hands, take a small amount of the egg mixture and form into a ball (similar in size as a regular meatball) and drop each into the sauce.
  11. Simmer in sauce for about 10 minutes.
  12. Turn and simmer for about 10 minutes more.

Quick Notes:

  • You want the egg balls to be lightly golden.
  • If the egg mixture doesn’t thicken (or thicken enough to keep the formed balls together) add extra bread crumbs or cheese.
  • Don’t give up if the dish doesn’t turn out right the first couple of times!
  • Serve with salad and nice crusty bread to round out the meal. 🙂

Other recipes you may enjoy:

Easy pumpkin bread

Quick and easy chocolate cookies

The Perfect Roast





  1. What cheese? A creative cook made this up!
    Barb…recently posted…Sunday Snippets – A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Opps, thanks for pointing that out. The recipe has been fixed, there is 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese that goes in with the bread crumbs and seasonings.

      I never got to know my father-in-law’s mother since she has been long deceased, but from the stories I’ve heard, she was very creative!

  2. Wow–you’ve taken the prize for the most creative meatless recipe ever! I’m going to pull this one out.

  3. I just keep clicking from recipe to recipe, and I’m really starting to get hungry!
    Holly@A Life-Sized Catholic Blog…recently posted…Smile and the world will smile back!My Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Thanks for checking out some of my recipes. I hope you will get a chance to try some of them out soon. 🙂

  4. Karen masselink klemp says

    I have not made these yet, however, 45 years ago I dated an Italian in college and his grandmother would send these to him. Years later…..I wondered if I could ever find that recipe …as they were the best non meatballs …or any kind of meatball I have ever tasted. Hope I can make them!!

    • SimpleCatholic says

      They are a bit of a challenge to make, for sure. I have yet to be able to make them as well as my mother-in-law! Good luck. I hope they turn out well for you. 🙂

  5. Palma Perez says

    I grew up eating these during Lent. My mom fixed them & they were delicious, but she had nothing written down. When my children were small I made them also & they loved them.
    Of course I didn’t write it down either & had gotten away from making them. Thank you for the small batch recipe and I will try them. There were others on line to feed a huge family. It does take practice to get the right consistency.
    The only things I would add to the recipe is chopped garlic & chopped parsley.

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