Saturday, April 25, 2009

Meatballs cosa nostra

I was craving for Italian-American meatballs, the other day. Succulent and spicy, immersed in a rich sweet tomato sauce with garlic, onion, herbs, cheese, and lots of olive oil. I decided to try to make my own twist, and created my own special meatballs and named it after the cosa nostra, the infamous Italian mafiosos. This ended up as a real treat - a dish to die for!

For 3-4 people you'll need:

400 grams / 15 oz ground meat
50 grams / 2 oz dried or fresh onions, sliced
2 eggs, beaten
50 grams / 2 oz dry bread, crumbled
Italian herbs after taste
2 teaspoon salt
75 grams / 3 oz Parmesan cheese, finely grated
75 grams / 3 0z Mozzarella cheese, finely grated
Olive oil
Ready made, sweet tomato sauce

Mix ground meat, most of the onions, eggs, dry bread, salt and seasoning in a food processor until smooth.

Make into small meatballs, and place in an oiled baking dish. The bottom of the tray should be completely covered with meat balls. Sprinkle over olive oil, half of the cheese, and Italian herbs. Bake in a medium warm oven (160 C / 320F) for 10-15 minutes.

I bought a pouch (250 grams) Del Monte Italian style Spaghetti sauce. It was a perfect choice for this dish, as it was relatively sweet and mixed with the other seasoning you got that genuine Italian taste. Pour spaghetti sauce over the meatballs until completely covered.

Add the rest of the cheese and Italian herbs and as much olive oil as you want. Place back in the oven for 45-50 minutes until cheese is golden.

Serve with bread and a salad or pasta.

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