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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dinner with Mama Simpson

Italian Stuffed Meatballs
Kitchen of Cindy Calvin
Care of William Sonoma

1.5 lb.. ground lamb
1.5 lb. ground beef or veal
1 c fresh bread crumbs
1/4 c milk
1/4 c fresh chopped parsley
3 eggs, slightly beaten
3 cloves of minced garlic
1 1/2 t kosher salt
1/4 t. pepper

Mix meat with the below ingredients and shape into 2-3 in. diameter balls
Encase a 1/2 in cube of fresh mozzarella into the center of each meatball 
Heat 1/2 in olive oil in a large saute pan until almost smoking over medium high heat 
Rotate the meatballs until well browned on all sides, remove and allow to drain on a paper towel
Transfer to tomato sauce and simmer for 30 minutes covered
Uncover and cook 10 minutes more, serve with spaghetti. 

Dinner date with a dear friend, we cook well together, Jess offering clean up support and any task I can through her way.  She made the meatballs and salad while I tackled the sauce and bread.  We rocked out to Oldies and caught up on life, such a therapeutic evening!