Monday, March 02, 2009

Meatballs With Raisins, Hot Tomato Sauce

Meatballs With Raisins

  • 1 1/4 lbs lean beef or pork, ground
  • 1 cup day-old Italian bread, crusts discarded and shredded (I used canned bread crumbs.)
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley (I used dried.)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup grated pecorino romano cheese (I used Parmesan.)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt
  1. Soak bread in milk then drain it well.
  2. Soak the raisins in warm water for a half hour to revive them.
  3. Grind the meat and combine it with the bread, eggs, cheese, and parsley,
  4. Season to taste with salt.
  5. Make your meatballs, including a couple of raisins in the heart of each one.
  6. Sauté the meatballs in the olive oil, turning them so they brown on all sides
  7. stir in a cup or so of tomato sauce and heat through.

Hot Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced
  • 1 3/4 cups tomatoes, canned,mashed with juices
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chili powder
  • salt
  1. Heat oil in pan, add onion, garlic and stir fry until soft.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, simmer until thickened and check seasoning.

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