What is better on a snowy, cold afternoon than some tasty balls?
Mama mia – meatballs, you sickos! Jeez, get your minds out of the gutter.
If you bothered to read I SUPPOSE YOU WANT TO EAT TOO!, then you know I like to eat. Even more, I love to cook. Being of Italian heritage, cooking is MORE than just feeding people. It is a symbol of love. It also means you don’t measure a damn thing! Below is a recipe for my go-to winter’s day comfort food.
2 lbs ground beef (I prefer 80/20 lean)
1 lb ground pork
1 large egg
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/4 cup whole milk
Red wine – swig some and then splash some in the bowl
Worcestershire sauce, a few good shakes
Kosher salt, not a lot, no one likes salty balls
Black pepper, about 1tsp
Dried oregano and parsley flakes, equal amounts
Garlic powder, I like ALOT!
Pre-heat oven to 450
Line baking sheet with tinfoil, set aside
In a large bowl whisk all ingredients EXCEPT for meats
(Always start with the egg first, to make sure it is not bad)
Begin to incorporate meat into bowl, 1 pound at a time
Get your hands right in there, don’t be shy, really massage it
Now, grab a handful and start forming the size you like
(I usually go large and get a dozen)
Place in 3 evenly spaced rows on baking sheet
Bake at 450 for 10 minutes
Reduce heat to 375, bake for 15 minutes
Take out and let rest for 5 minutes
Serve with your favorite pasta and homemade sauce(I’ll share that recipe another time). Don’t forget the wine!
Enjoy and MANGE!