Monday, January 31, 2011

Tuesday: Big Spicy Meatballs

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I'm on a bit of a spaghetti squash we're having "spaghetti" and meatballs.  My girls really like the squash and they think it's just another kind of noodle.  Pour some sauce on top with cheese and you're set.  Extra sauce on the side for dipping the meatballs.  

To cook the spaghetti squash, simply pierce with a fork numerous times, place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 400 for one hour or until tender.  Let cool, then cut in half, scoop out seeds and scrape inside with a fork to remove the spaghetti like strands.

  • YIELD: Makes 16 large meatballs (Serving size: 1 meatball)

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • medium onion, minced
  • slices soft bread, crusts removed and torn into pieces
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan
  • 3 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta
  • Preheat oven to 400° F. 

    In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients, 1 cup of the Parmesan, and 2 teaspoons of the pepper. Mix just to combine. Shape the mixture into 16 to 18 large meatballs (each should be about ¾ cup of meat). Place on a baking pan and set aside.

    In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta with the remaining Parmesan and the remaining pepper; set aside.

    Bake the meatballs for 20 minutes in upper third of oven. Remove from oven and turn on broiler. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the ricotta mixture onto each meatball. Broil 3 to 5 minutes or until the ricotta just starts to brown. Serve the meatballs with jarred marinara sauce.

    To Freeze: Omit the ricotta mixture. Place the baked meatballs on a baking sheet and freeze for at least 1 hour. Transfer to resealable freezer bags and return to the freezer. Store for up to 3 months. 

    To Reheat: Thaw the meatballs overnight in the refrigerator or thaw partially in the microwave. Place them in a baking dish, cover with foil, and heat in a 350° F oven for 20 minutes. Top with the ricotta mixture and broil as described above. Serve on top of the warmed pasta sauce.


Click and Cook said...

The meatballs were pretty good. Not raving about them, but good. I think if I made them again, I would make them smaller. Good flavor though.

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