Thursday, 17 July 2014

Amanda's Tuscan Meatballs

To make the sauce:
2 x 400g cans tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup red wine
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp red chilli flakes
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp chopped rosemary
1 tsp chopped thyme
1 tbsp sugar
1 cup water
 Pinch of salt
Add all this to a large saucepan and simmer for 30,minutes (you need to add the meatballs to this and simmer again until the meatballs are cooked)

To make the meatballs:
1/2 to 1kg of veal or beef mince (depending how many you want)
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs ( I used packet ones) 
1/3 cup whole milk
1 cup finely ground  fresh parmesan cheese (use the smallest hole on the grater or a zester
1/3 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs
2 large garlic cloves, pressed
What to do:
1.Combine breadcrumbs and milk in small bowl; stir until breadcrumbs are evenly moistened. Let stand 10 minutes.
2.Place beef or veal mince in large bowl and break up into small chunks. Add 1 cup ground Parmesan, parsley, salt, and pepper.
3.Whisk eggs to blend in small bowl; whisk in garlic. Add to meat mixture.
4.Using hands, squeeze milk from breadcrumbs, reserving milk. Add breadcrumbs to meat mixture. Using hands, quickly and gently mix meat mixture just until all ingredients are evenly combined (do not overmix). Chill mixture at least 15 minutes and up to 1 hour.
5.Moisten hands with some of reserved milk from breadcrumbs, then roll meat mixture between palms into golf-ball-size balls, occasionally moistening hands with milk as needed and arranging meatballs in single layer in sauce in pot. Bring to simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until meatballs are cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. 
 6. Cook spaghetti as per packet drain, place in a bowl and top with meatballs and sauce mixture. YUM !

NOTES: You can just as easily use a batch of Mama Lapaglia's Famous Sauce (that you made and stored haha) for this recipe but it will have a slightly different flavor, just pour a couple bottles of my sauce into a large pot and heat till boiling, turn down to a simmer and add the meatballs as per this recipe and simmer until the meatballs are cooked, to easy ! Another great reason why I make my sauce in big batches it is versatile and damn tasty.

Amanda's Tuscan Meatballs

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