Thursday, February 12, 2009

Real Spagetti and Meatballs

This is my first post for Barefoot Bloggers . For those of you who are not familiar with Barefoot bloggers, they are a community of bloggers who twice monthly make and share recipes from Ina Garten’s cookbooks. Rebecca of Ezra Pound Cake selected this month’s first recipe. She choose Real spagetti and Meatballs from Barefoot Contessa Family Style, page 103

I make red sauce and Meatballs often so I was eager to try her recipe. I vowed to follow it to the T as to not compete with my own recipe. Her meatball recipe is much different than mine and it was fun to try something new. I will however revert to my own recipe the next time I make meatballs. Her sauce is very light compared to mine and was a nice complement with the heavy meatballs.

Her recipe:
OK The only thing I changed was NO VEAL! I also broiled the meatballs and doubled both recipes to freeze some for later meals.
For the meatballs:
1/2 pound ground veal
1/2 pound ground pork
1 pound ground beef
1 cup fresh white bread crumbs (4 slices, crusts removed)
1/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 extra-large egg, beaten
Vegetable oil
Olive oil

For the sauce:
1 tablespoon good olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow onion (1 onion)
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 cup good red wine, such as Chianti
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, or plum tomatoes in puree, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For serving:nocoupons
1 1/2 pounds spaghetti, cooked according to package directions
Freshly grated Parmesan

Directions :
Place the ground meats, both bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan, salt, pepper, nutmeg, egg, and 3/4 cup warm water in a bowl. Combine very lightly with a fork. Using your hands, lightly form the mixture into 2-inch meatballs. You will have 14 to 16 meatballs.
Pour equal amounts of vegetable oil and olive oil into a large (12-inch) skillet to a depth of 1/4-inch. Heat the oil. Very carefully, in batches, place the meatballs in the oil and brown them well on all sides over medium-low heat, turning carefully with a spatula or a fork. This should take about 10 minutes for each batch. Don't crowd the meatballs. Remove the meatballs to a plate covered with paper towels. Discard the oil but don't clean the pan.
For the sauce, heat the olive oil in the same pan. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the wine and cook on high heat, scraping up all the brown bits in the pan, until almost all the liquid evaporates, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, parsley, salt, and pepper. Return the meatballs to the sauce, cover, and simmer on the lowest heat for 25 to 30 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through. Serve hot on cooked spaghetti and pass the grated Parmesan.


Culinarywannabe said...

Delicious! And it looks like your little guy liked it!

Suzie said...

It all looks wonderful. Welcome to the group.

Penny said...

I agree. Not my favorite Contessa recipe. I am a new BB too. Love your kids! so cute.

Cynthia's Blog said...

I made my own bread and added my own Herb's d' Provance. It really helped the meat balls taste better. But I don't have 3 little kids anymore. You do what you gotta do! Welcome to the group

Anonymous said...

Welcome! I really enjoyed this recipe, and like Cynthia's Blog, I added a little of my own seasoning to the meatballs.

Lisa said...

That picture of your son slurping up the noodles is priceless! Too cute.