Friday, August 29, 2014

Kids and Meatballs. A perfect match ;-)

This happened in my kitchen a few minutes ago:
#TheNakedBiker asked, "Wadda doin'?" (What are you doing?)
"Meatballs," I replied, arranging ingredients on my countertop. 
Noise of footsteps approaching the kitchen. "Which kind?" #TheSweetTalker asked suspiciously.
"Mini Meatballs in Tomato Sauce," I whispered.
"YEAH!" they yelled, jumping up and down like I'd just offered them an ice-cream.

Yup. I've two very carnivorous kids. Tyrannosaurus Rex and Velociraptor they call themselves when I try to offer them a bowl of Vegetable soup without a treat on the side (Focaccia, Bruschetta,...).
By the way, today I'm going to give you my super-secret recipe for Mini Meatballs from scratch. Enjoy! ;-)

First of all Meatballs:
400  gr 1st quality ground beef
1 Italian sausage (ca. 100gr)
1 large egg
100 gr Parmesan
100 gr Bread crumbs 
1/4 cup Milk or less
Spices: Dried Onion, or garlic, and/or parsley (If you like it), and/or chili pepper (If you like it spicy)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
Olive oil

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl by hand (Use your bare hands!). Roll meatballs to about the size of a chestnut ball, the smaller are the meatballs the better they will taste. Fry the raw meatballs in a large pan wit four tablespoon of olive oil until they are golden brown.

Tomato Sauce:
700 gr Ripe Organic Tomatoes
1/4 Onion

Slice the onion and gently cook it for three minutes in a large pot. Chop the tomatoes and add them to the onion, with basil and celery (I used two small pieces that I removed once the sauce was ready). 
Cook for half an hour then use an handblender to obtain a smooth sauce.

Add the meatballs to the sauce and let all simmer for a hour.

You can eat the Mini-Meatballs with bread or you can use the sauce to dress up your Spaghetti your choice!

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