Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Spaghetti with Italian Sausage Spinach Meatballs

In the mood for meatballs and thought of a recipe I came across the other day
 " Chicken and Spinach Meatballs" from Girl Gone Gourmet.  Pay her a visit , very nice blog.
For more flavor I used Italian sausage instead of chicken and boy i'm glad i did. This was my first time on making meatballs so there were a few bumps here and there.
  • italian sausage 
  • spianch
  • mozzarella - shredded
  • egg
  • panko ( did not have any that night )
  • onion - diced
  • garlic - diced
  • canned whole tomato (crush with hands)
  • balsamic vinegar
  • milk
  • brown sugar + white pepper

take casing off and quickly blanch the spinach mix with meat and mozzarella and cup into shape with hands
the shape did not stay, started to flatten
here is where i had trouble -no panko! no sticking ! and water from the blanching did not help!!grrrrrr

so i had to quickly fry and brown them to hold the shape then transfer on to foil and baked for 20 minutes.
start putting the sauce together by heating the onion and garlic add sauce / sugar....simmer
add the meatballs and let it simmer for 10 minutes.

while simmer meatball sauce , time to cook the pasta.
when done , serve on plate and top it off with some parmigiano reggiano!!!!!


Even though i was missing panko and basil .......this dish was still very enjoyable!
anyone know any meatball tips?


hungrysmurf said...

your meat"balls" look yummy. next time try mincing the spinach before mixing into the ground meat.

Bananee said...

Nice hand work would do the trick.