Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ann Burrell's Delicious Meatballs & Spaghetti (delicious!)

NOTE: I apologize for the lackluster quality of this photograph.  I was at the beginning stages of food photography, and this is my old point-and-shoot. One of these days, I'll re-shoot this recipe, as it's worth making.  Pinky Promise!

I'm at the tail end of cleaning out my freezer. I found a package of ground pork and ground beef that I wanted to use, before it expired. I remembered watching one of my favorite (new) Food Network chefs (Anne Burrell, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef) making a recipe for meatballs. That must've been months ago, but I decided this would be the best way to use these meats.

I have to tell you, that this really is an excellent recipe for meatballs. Those of you who have been following my blog (and I sure appreciate all of you) know that I like to show how I make things-- me, being highly visual myself in how I learn.

Let's just say that something happened on the way home from the office and I felt cranky... downright ornery. Many of you foodies understand the therapy that goes with chopping and being in "the zone". It's that forcefield that I put up that my husband interprets as "don't come in the kitchen...don't talk to me and don't ask me when dinner's going to be ready". He quietly read a book and I got to work...and I worked...and then I realized that this recipe should be made on a lazy Sunday. Too late! I was on a mission to finish this recipe but the natural light was fading (and I try not to do flash photography).

I abandoned focusing on photography, because I didn't want eat late. I sure hustled on this meal. My photos do not do justice to how delicious this meal turned out to be.

I got 24 meatballs... a little bigger than a golfball...

I browned these in 3 batches and then roasted in the oven for 15 more minutes.

As for marinara sauce, I stopped buying bottled spaghetti sauce years ago-- though I love Trader Joe's Tuscan style marinara sauce for quick dinners.-- I have an easy recipe here. So many of you have your own way.

My son claimed that these meatballs were the very best he's ever eaten. That's a huge compliment. I have to say, that the combination of ground pork, beef (and I bought 1/2 pound of ground veal), the parmesan-romano blend (all I had), eggs, cooked onion and garlic and freshly cut flat-leaf parsley was really good.

I ended up freezing half of this meal for one of those nights when I just don't have the energy to cook.

Here's the recipe card:

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Elyse said...

I love Anne Burrell!! Her recipes are always so great. These meatballs look fantastic!! And of course, I'm a huge fish gal, so your tilapia picata looks amazing. Great job!

Monica H said...

I must try those meatballs...someday. I have a huge bag of Costco frozen meatballs in the freezer. They are really good, but it's so haard to eat them all up when it's only 2 of us.

Donna-FFW said...

Oh, I love those meatballs.. I have never tried Anne Burrells recipes before, Ill have to try. And the tilapia, so delicious!

unconfidentialcook said...

Love the picatta for the talipia. I actually buy a picatta sauce in a jar at TJs and use it on chicken on a busy weeknight. Next time: talipai.

Kristen said...

*lol* I can totally relate to the 'zone', I usually send my kids into the living room with a DVD, a snack and orders not to bug mommy until supper is ready - the meatballs sound delicious!

Stacey Snacks said...

What about making Fish Meatballs?
Now there is something different!

Culinary Wannabe said...

First off, I would love to see Stacey eat a marinara covered fish meatball. Ha! But your meatballs look fantastic and I have been in the market for a good recipe. Good for you for using up your freezer items!

gastroanthropologist said...

I love mixing types of meats for meatballs!

I hope the cooking relaxed you and you weren't cranky anymore!

Wyn said...

Do you have your pictures on Red Bubble?