Cast of “Jersey Boys” Shares a Secret from the life of Frankie Valli

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The cast of the smash Broadway hit”Jersey Boys” stopped by Fox40 to share the secret recipe for one of  singer Frankie Valli’s favorite recipes – meatballs.  “Jersey Boys” is the true story of Valli and the Four Seasons – who go from blue-collar boys to becoming one of the biggest pop groups of all time. The award-winning musical kicks off Nov. 5 and runs through Nov. 22 at the Sacramento Community Center Theater. But it must not be too secret since they shared it with Bethany Crouch.

Franki Valli’s Secret Recipe for Meatballs:

Source: “Jersey Boys”


  • 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.


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