1/23/2008

Italian meatballs




Italian meatballs, everyone knows them ! It's one of the easiest way to make my girls eating meat (they dont' love meat ). And it's also one of the most traditional Italian way of cooking meat.

And now unfortunately I have to destroy an American myth : We don't make Spaghetti with meatballs !!! We cook meatballs in tomato sauce. Then we add the tomato sauce to spaghetti and we set aside the meatballs. Then we eat meatballs with some vegetables.
An Italian will never order for one spaghetti with meatballs in a restaurant...
We use little (very little ) meatballs when we make baked pasta (I will post soon this wonderful recipe of the South of Italy), a special pasta mixed with little meatballs, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce.
Easy and fast recipe again.
That's all.
ITALIAN MEATBALLS

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs or 2 slices of bread
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 clove garlic finely chopped
1 tablespoon of parsley finely chopped
1 egg
salt and pepper to taste

Soak bread or bread crumbs in milk for 2-3 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients (beef,parmesan cheese,egg,garlic,parsley,salt and pepper).Mix very well.
Form into meatballs. You can cook meatballs in three ways :
1) The classic one is to fry in a skillet with olive oil (but I personally prefer soy oil) until brown
2) Place meatballs in a skillet , pour some olive oil on , cook in oven 15 minutes (325-350 degrees). Do not overcook
3) Prepare a simply tomato sauce : put in a pan 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil add 1 tablespoon of onion finely chopped, let it fry for 1 minute
add 1 28 oz. can crushed or diced tomatoes , then add in meatballs. Let it cook for 20-30 minutes, till meatballs are cooked, stir occasionally and carefully.

2 comments:

salsadisapa said...

vero: la pasta con le polpette?? ma quando mai! :-)
le polpette però son troppo buone!
ciao ;-)

Alessandra said...

Infatti...verissimo...eppure amici Americani con origini Italiane , tramandano questa ricetta degli spaghetti con le poleptte dai tempi delle nonne e bisnonne (dall'inizio dell'emigrazione Italiana in America).