Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Adam's most requested meal (other than steak)

I thought I'd share with you today a favorite dinner in my house.  These are the most delicious and EASY meatballs!  Adam has been requesting them A LOT lately and I must say that I do not mind because A.) They are delicious and
B.) They are EASY (esp. if you wanted to make them for a dinner party mainly because you do not have to stand at the stove to cook them.  These meatballs are baked!)  The recipe comes from Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? cookbook although I have tweaked it a little bit to my/his liking.  You can always freeze half, as this recipe makes enough for 8 people! 
3 cups of cubed italian bread
2/3 cup of milk
2 pounds of ground beef (or ground turkey)
1/2 pound of Sweet Italian pork sausage
4 ounces of thinly sliced prosciutto, finley chopped
1 cup fresh grated asiago cheese (or parm)
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
kosher salt, fresh ground pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 xl eggs, lightly beaten
3 (24) ounce jars of yummy marinara sauce
2 pounds of dried spaghetti
Fresh grated parmesean, for serving

Preheat oven to 400 and line two sheet pans with parchment paper
Place bread cubes in a food processor or chopper and process until they are medium crumbs. 
Place crumbs in a small bowl and add the milk and set aside for a few minutes

In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large mixing bowl combine the ground beef, sausage, prosciutto, bread mixture, asiago, parsley, oregano, red pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper. 
Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and the eggs and mix lightly to combine.

Lightly roll the mixture into two inch balls and place on parchment paper covered pans.
Brush the meatballs with olive oil and bake for 35 to 45minutes or until they look like this...

Pour the marinara into a large pot and add the meatballs.  Bring to a simmer.
If you are like me you don't need the spaghetti noodles to enjoy this meal!  Just add shaved parmesean.
If you are like my husband, then place cooked spaghetti in individual bowls and top with meatballs,sauce, and parm.

I really suggest you try!!

1 comment:

  1. These sound wonderful. You are becoming our own Pioneer Woman, Maggie!


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