So You Want to Cook Some of Chef Mario’s Meatballs?
Every chef has a go-to recipe. It’s that one dish that they can make with their eyes closed, in any kitchen, and deliver a fantastic meal every single time. Chefs that become restaurateurs typically find a way to highlight this A+ meal or even focus their entire concept and menu in service of that meal. Catering by Mario’s has such an item, and for Chef Mario, it’s his homemade meatballs. Mario’s meatballs have delighted friends, family, and clients over the years, but as with most chefs, he kept the recipe a closely guarded secret. Until now.
On the latest episode of “Cooking with Mario,” Chef Mario highlights his “Mario’s Meatballs.” In the opening minute, Chef Mario concedes that it took living during a Pandemic for him to reveal his meatball recipe. He discusses the ingredients that he uses for the meatballs, how to bind everything together, and a secret ingredient or two that genuinely makes Mario’s Meatballs stand out from the crowd. You can see why South Jersey corporate clients come to Mario for catering services all year round!
Chef Mario gives viewers detailed instructions on how to create his signature meatballs, but does allow viewers to mix it up based on personal preference. While some of the ingredients may change, like opting for purely beef meatballs instead of a beef, pork, and veal mixture, the magic comes in the seasonings and cooking method. Oven roasting the meatballs allows the meat to cook all the way through and develop a beautiful and even coating on the outside to give the meatballs the texture they need to stand out.
“Cooking with Mario” gives our friends and followers the chance to bring their families classic Italian cooking to the dinner table. Chef Mario provides the culinary inspiration and offers viewers the tools needed to cook the meals that built Catering by Mario’s, home to Philadelphia’s finest wedding caterers. Chef Mario wants to keep the familial traditions that go hand in hand with home cooking alive, and sharing his closely guarded meatball recipe shows how serious he takes that calling.