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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

When you think of  Italian food often one of the first things that comes to mind is meatballs. Wether mom or nonna made them it was always a treat to eat "BASKETTI and MEATBALLS". Soft, succulent meat rolled in a ball flavoured with the unforgetable taste of  tomato sauce topping a nice hot plate of pasta. Who could resist this? Not ME! As many regions, cities and towns in Italy you will find diverse recipes for meat balls but the the result will always be the same....satisfying!

Here is my take on the classic dish.  

1 med size pot of your favorite tomato sauce
1/2 pound each of ground beef ,veal and pork( available packaged together at your market)
1/2 onion diced
1 garlic clove diced
1 pureed apple
2 eggs
1 white bread slice pulsed in a food processor ( to make bread crumbs)
1/3 cup grated parmigiano cheese
salt and pepper to taste
vegetable oil for frying

Combine ground meats, onion, garlic, eggs ,apple puree, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and parmigiano in a large bowl.
Using your hands combine these ingredients well
In the palm of your hands roll a small amount and begin to form balls about the size of a golf ball
Place in a heated frying pan with about 1/3 cup veg. oil and fry until golen brown (turning to brown all sides about 8 mins)
Heat your tomato sauce and place the fried meatballs in sauce and cook on medium heat for about 1/2 hour....enjoy!

**** You can add this to your favorite pasta or eat them on their own using sauce for dipping crusty bread!

1 comment:

DARaiente said...

beautiful meatballs!


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