Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Sicilian Meatballs

I already I know what you're thinking.... this is tasty and I should make it.  Really.

I love meatballs, but had never had them with pine nuts and currants (or rasins).   I'm not a big fan of meat with fruit or sweet items.  But since it's hard not to love anything Italian, I gave it a shot.  Even though, the jury was still out until I had the first bite.  Good enough for the blog.   Here goes.....

2 lb lean ground beef (or 1 lb beef and 1 lb ground pork)
2 eggs
1 cup grated parmigiano cheese
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup currants or raisins
small bunch of Italian parsley, finely chopped
a few leaves basil, cut small
hand-full of white bread, no crust
1 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 28oz can tomato puree
1 small can tomato sauce
1 cup red wine

For the Meatballs:
In a mixing bowl, add ground meat, pine nuts, rasins, eggs, cheese, parsley, and basil. 

Soak the bread in the milk, then squeeze out the excess milk.  Break it up and add it to the bowl.   Mix it up and form into small meatballs.

For the sauce, Sut the onion and saute in the olive oil unti softened.  Add the wine and cans of tomatoes.  Bring to a boil and add meatballs (carefully so you don't break them up.) 

 Cook uncovered for about 30 minutes on medium heat.  

Easy as that!  Looks good, huh?

Enjoy it with some nice Italian wine. 

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