To a small skillet, set over medium heat, add the olive oil. When warm, add the shallot and garlic cloves; cook until softened, about 3 minutes. In a medium bowl, add the meat, sautéed onion mixture, bread crumbs, parsley, salt and crushed red pepper. Mix ingredients together until barely combined. Form balls using your hands (or a cookie scooper—my preferred preference) and set aside. Repeat until you’ve worked your way through all of the meatballs.