Italian Meatball Heaven

I was sooooo close to trying 52 new recipes in just 4 months. I was just one recipe shy and then work intruded. Alas, someone has to pay the bills. So new recipe 52 was delayed almost a month.

Mid April I made Swedish Meatballs and the Mini-steams went crazy for them. So I asked if I should make spaghetti and meatballs some night. Both of them started dancing with glee and shouting to the heavens the joy they would find if I made such a meal. (Ok, it didn’t really go down like that. But it was close!)

Which I find funny because they can’t stand meat loaf and really, its just about the same thing. Oh well. If they are exited to eat garlicky balls of  ground beef I am sure not going to stop them!!!

So Saturday I found some energy from somewhere and made both a batch of homemade spaghetti sauce and some homemade meatballs. The spaghetti sauce is pretty much 100% how my mom made it when I was growing up. And the meat ball recipe is a combination of an Alton Brown and Anne Burrell recipe. I added more garlic and egg, and used a different meat combination than the Anne Burrell recipe. I also used dried herbs as our herb garden is not ready for picking yet.

Spaghetti Sauce Ingredients:

  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 4 large garlic cloves minced or thru a garlic press
  • pinch crushed red pepper
  • 2 lg (28 oz) cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 lg (28 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 small (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 2 t dried basil
  • 1 1/2 t dried oregano
  • 2 T agave or honey or white sugar
  • 1 t Salt and pepper

Spaghetti Sauce Instructions:

  1. Sautee the onions in a large dutch oven or stock pot with the EVOO until translucent. You don’t want brown on the edge of the onion.
  2. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook 1 min more, or until you can smell the garlic.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer.
  4. You want the sauce to cook for at least 20 on a low simmer.
  5. While the sauce simmers make the meatballs.

Spaghetti and Meatballs - Not Your Normal Steam

Meatball Ingredients:

  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 large onion finely diced (almost minced)
  • 4 large garlic cloves minced or thru a garlic press
  • pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 3 lg eggs beaten
  • 1 c grated Romano
  • 1 1/2 T dried parsley or 1/4 c fresh chopped
  • 1/2 T dried basil
  • 1 c breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 c water

Meatball Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 deg F.
  2. Sautee the onions in a large skillet with the EVOO until translucent. You don’t want brown on the edge of the onion.
  3. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook 1 min more, or until you can smell the garlic.
  4. Take off the heat and allow to cool.
  5. In a large bowl combine the meat, eggs, cheese, seasonings and bread crumbs. Use your hands to mix.
  6. Add the onion mixture and the water and give a final mix. The mixture will be very wet.
  7. At this point if you are worried about flavor or seasoning level take a little bit and make it into a patty. Cook it in the onion skillet and taste. Adjust seasonings accordingly.
  8. Portion your meatballs to 1 – 1 1/2 oz. I used a cookie dough scoop to keep them the same size for even cooking.
  9. Place meatballs on a cookie sheet and place in the oven for 20 min or until they read an internal temperature of 160 deg F.
  10. Put your meat balls in the sauce, or serve on the side.

Spaghetti and Meatballs - Not Your Normal SteamNow if I had been really thinking ahead I would have made homemade pasta too. That is something I REALLY want to learn how to do.

Inspiration:

Advertisements

About NotYourNormalSteam

I love to make things, food, paper, fabric, the medium doesn’t really matter. I am also an obsessive planner. The day after Christmas I am already working out plans for the next year.
This entry was posted in Fantabulous Food and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

I'd love to hear from you! Please leave a comment.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s