It's Barefoot Blogger time again! This week's recipe comes from Rebecca of Ezra Poundcake who chose Real Spaghetti and Meatballs.
Definitely one of the hubs favorite meals, spaghetti and meatballs is certainly our idea of comfort food. I have been blessed with a fabulous Barefoot Contessa loving mother-in-law who has made this in the past and now it was my turn to give it a try.
Plus, there is wine involved. How bad can that be?
I myself would have just used the lean ground beef we had in the house instead of the adding pork and veal, but when it comes to me and the Barefoot Bloggers the hubs thinks that I should stay true to the recipe. I am glad that we did! The meatballs turned out tender and delicious. They definitely tasted better the second day. It makes a ton, and they are huge. I came up with about 20 total, a far cry from the 14-16 that Ina makes.
I tried to stay true and pan fry the meatballs. But, like dredging....I don't really do frying. I think is a patience thing for me, I mean 10 minutes a batch?? Not to mention the mess, the unneeded fat, yada yada yada. These particular meatballs were so moist, I just didn't see how they could hold up. I started with the first batch on the stove and quickly decided that my usual way works just fine.
The sauce really is nothing spectacular but the wine is what makes it. If you don't cook with wine I would definitely add some herbs or maybe red pepper flakes to give it some punch. Otherwise, it is just tomatoes, garlic, and onion.
Thanks to Rebecca of Ezra Poundcake for choosing a fantastic meal. As always, be sure to check out the Barefoot Blogger's website to see how this one turned out for the rest of the bloggers. While you are there, think about joining us!