Saturday, July 12, 2008

Joltin' Django's Meatballs 'n' Gravy

Here's what me and mine ate ce soir ...

Joltin' Django's Meatballs 'n' Gravy

Ingredients

Meatballs

1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
3/4 cup finely-grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 egg
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 pinch salt
1 pinch pepper


Tomato Gravy

1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup chopped white onion
1 cup chopped green pepper
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cans whole Italian tomatoes

Spaghetti

1 lb spaghetti noodles (preferably Barilla)

Directions

Meatballs

Crumble pork and ground beef into a large bowl
Add egg, bread crumbs, cheese, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning
Mix and form into one-inch balls
Set aside and let sit for 20 minutes

Tomato Gravy

Strain tomatoes, saving juice
Hand-crush and set aside

Heat olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pot
Add onion and green pepper and cook until softened, 3-5 minutes
Add garlic and quick-stir for one minute
Add tomatoes and juice
Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes
Add meatballs and simmer for an additional 15 minutes
Turn off heat and allow gravy and meatballs to sit on stove for an additional 15-20 minutes


Spaghetti

Bring a pot of well-salted water to a boil
Add noodles and lower heat to medium-high
Cook 8-12 minutes (or until noodles are al dente)

Serving Instructions

Put s'ghetti on a plate, or in a bowl, and top with gravy and meatballs
Cover with olive oil, cheese, red pepper flakes, or hot sauce
Garnish with imported pepperoncini

3 comments:

Anne said...

do you have a someone you cook all this for?

Joltin' Django said...

"do you have a someone you cook all this for?"

Anne:

Are you asking me out?!

anne said...

not ready to ask someone out someone who uses a pen name. but you are definitely intriguing that a girl would not have to ever cook if in a relation ship with "joltin Django"