Friday, January 23, 2009

I'll have some Chianti. Grazie.

"Peter Clemenza slept badly that night. In the morning he got up early and made his own breakfast of a glass of grappa, a thick slice of Genoa salami with a chunk of fresh Italian bread that was still delivered to his door as in the old days. Then he drank a great, plain china mug filled with hot coffee that had been lashed with anisette."

The Godfather, Mario Puzo
I was wanting meatballs so this morning I made them. Preheated oven to 325. Used two pounds total of ground beef, pork, and veal, two eggs, half cup of seasoned bread crumbs, fourth cup each of grated pecorino romano and Grana Padano parmagiana, some salt and pepper. Scooped into balls (I got two dozen). I used homemade breadcrumbs from Altomonte's and the fun in that is they don't taste the same way twice. They are always good, but the flavor depends on what bread they had leftover when they made that particular batch. Sometimes you get sesame seeds, sometimes they're more cheesy. But always, always good.

Baked for twenty minutes and removed from oven. I don't bake them at a higher temp because they dry out and get that thick crust on the bottom. Twenty minutes at 325 makes them just undercooked so they finish in the sauce. I should mention that I drizzled some extra virgin olive oil over them before they went into the oven.

Moved on to the sauce and sauteed six cloves of chopped garlic in two tablespoons extra virgin olive oil with a pinch of red pepper flakes thrown in for good measure.

Added two large cans of crushed tomatoes, the meatballs, a whole branch of basil, and about two teaspoons minced fresh rosemary. Added salt and pepper and a large pinch of sugar. Brought to a simmer and cooked slowly at a bare bubble for one hour.

Served alongside some quality reading material and a very nice semolina roll.

3 comments:

Kee Kee said...

looks heavenly.... I am so hungry reading this!!

Jenn said...

I had meatballs last night. And another friend is having meatball stew tonight. What's up with the meatballs this week???

Lisa said...

To quote AC/DC: "We've got the biggest balls of them all!"