Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.

With all this talk about wieners, I had an overwhelming urge to bite into some balls, so I high-tailed it over to G & S Pork Store at 2611 Avenue U to get some prosciutto balls.

This is more than a bit upsetting. I just realized that my introduction to Italian balls was at the hands of a little Italian grandmother when I first moved to Sheepshead Bay. Nona introduced me to Struffoli, arancini, suppli and she introduced me to the “bro-jhoot” ball. I guess I’d be more upset if I was introduced to Italian balls by an Italian grandfather! Ah, memories.

Some say Italian cuisine is the best in the world. These Italian fritters, along with their cousins, arancini (Sicilian rice balls, stuffed with meaty ragù) and supplì (Roman rice-and-cheese croquettes), certainly lend themselves to the argument. This is true comfort food. Cheap, tasty, filling and satisfying.

These slightly miss-shaped golden balls are about the size of a golf ball. Covered in seasoned bread crumbs, they are masterfully deep fried to an amazing grease-less finish. G & S serves the balls cold and are only meant for eating off-site.

Getting my balls home, I placed two of them in the microwave for 30 seconds. Gingerly taking each warm ball in my hand, I bit through the outer crust, and encountered a wondrous medley of velvety melted cheeses and spices punctuated by the meaty, salty and chewy cubes of prosciutto. Ricotta cheese dominates, followed quickly by mozzarella and something a little sharper, probably provolone, asserts itself as well. But the real star is the prosciutto. Meaty, siky and just chewy enough, the prosciutto anchors the cheeses and “pops” of flavor.

Eddie, the head man at G & S, makes some of the most flavorful balls in the hood. His balls are basically the best mini-calzone I’ve ever had. But, unlike a calzone, there’s no tough pizza dough crust to fight with. These balls yield to the slightest pressure, releasing their gooey goodness directly in your mouth. Be careful when heating them in the microwave. Heat them slowly or they will explode.

Prosciutto Balls ($1 each) are available year round at G & S Pork store and in Italian markets throughout Brooklyn. Pop some balls in your mouth today!

G & S Pork Store, 2611 Avenue U, (718) 646-9111.

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  • http://twitter.com/nicktherat Nick the Rat

    FOODGASM those look really yummy

  • http://twitter.com/nicktherat Nick the Rat

    btw rob, this is the most secretively homosexual food reviews ever. i approve! anthony weiner should be the spokesman for these “JUST LOOK AT THESE BALLS, EVERYBODY! LOOK AT THEM! here ill even take pics!”

    • Anonymous

      Nick - 

      It’s pretty hard to talk about some guys balls and not come across a little bit gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that….

  • Animo916

    The best I ever had come from a small Italian Deli on Smith St.  They, along with the rice balls and potato croquettes are fried up at the time you order them, so they are hot and tasty when you leave the store.  I will have to check these out.  I hope they can be gotten hot at the store, as microwaving fried foods takes away a little something from the experience.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with the Rat.

    “Getting my balls home, I placed two of them in the microwave for 30
    seconds. Gingerly taking each warm ball in my hand… and encountered a wondrous medley of velvety melted cheeses
    and spices punctuated by the meaty, salty…”

    Just saying… I thought this was a family oriented blog.

    • Barkingspider7

      Faba – it never has been a family oriented blog (have you read some of your input? LOL!)  You and Nick are just crazy.

      • Anonymous

        But what do you mean good Sir? I was nothing but exemplary and proper in expressing my puritan thoughts and if at some point I did raise my internet voice it was because I was provoked by some riffraff immigrant or a person of minority. But I digress, while it is not proper to talk about oneself, I have to admit that Rat and I represent the highest elite of grace and tact. We are moral fiber of this blog if you will.

  • TJ

    Always a treat for your tonsils.    MMMMmmmmmmm

  • Tinafg

    I love G&S.  Their marinated mozzarella is delicious too!  I get a pound of that with a pound of roasted peppers and I’m in heaven!!!!!

  • Emmons Owl

    This review eats balls.

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