Cooking with Dad: Creating Memories in the Kitchen

Father’s Day is a time to celebrate and honor the special dads in our lives. One of the most meaningful ways to do this is by spending quality time together, and what better way to bond than cooking with Dad?

Sean Liguore teaching his kids how to make their
Great – Grandma Dotty’s famous meatballs

Some of our favorite things to do are cooking time-honored recipes together, like our Grandma Dotty’s meatballs that we serve today at Bettolino Kitchen. This recipe in particular is one that carries great memories and one that the family has shared with community for years.

So if you’re planning on celebrating Father’s Day at home, give these meatballs a try as you make delicious memories together!

Grandma Dotty’s Meatballs served over creamy polenta

Grandma Dotty’s Meatball Recipe

Our restaurant’s meatballs are not only a crowd-pleaser but also a fantastic dish to make as a family. Here’s our secret recipe to help you recreate these mouthwatering meatballs in your own kitchen:

Ingredients for 50 meatballs:

  • 2.5 lbs. ground beef
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 oz. parsley
  • 0.5 lb. Parmesan cheese
  • 2 oz. garlic
  • 0.25 lb. homemade breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, ground beef, chopped parsley, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, and minced garlic.
  2. Mix everything together thoroughly until well combined. If the mixture seems too dry, add water a few spoonfuls at a time until you achieve a better consistency.
  3. Using your hands, scoop out a spoonful of the meat mixture and roll it into a ball. Repeat this process until all the meat mixture is used, placing each meatball about 1/2 inch apart in a deep pan.
  4. Once all the meatballs are formed and in the pan, cover them with brine until they are fully submerged.
  5. Place a lid on the pan and cook the meatballs in the oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook until the meatballs are tender, which usually takes about 2 hours.

Pair these delicious meatballs with your favorite pasta and sauce for a classic Italian dish, or put them on fresh bread with gooey mozzarella for a meatball sub. Or, just eat them as they are… we know they don’t need much to make them the shining star of your meal!

Sean Liguore with kids Liana, Dylan, and Blake

More Fun with Dad at Bettolino Kitchen

If you’re looking to celebrate dinner out with dad on his big day, we’ve got you covered! Our limited-time Father’s Day specials will make his weekend one to remember.

Whether you celebrate by cooking with dad at home or plan to join us around the table, we wish your family a very happy Father’s Day!

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