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    Mao's Italian Meatballs in Basil and Red Wine Tomato Sauce.

    Morning prep.

    500g nice minced pork.
    As much minced garlic and onion as you want. I go 5 garlic cloves as I love the stuff.
    breadcrumbs, dried basil, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper, paprika and bit of chili powder, dash of flour and a little bit of beaten egg.



    Mix her up.



    Then into the fridge on a plate wrapped in cling film.

    Sauce.

    I do lots of garlic and a good bit of onion and one carrot, all finely chopped up and slowly sauteed.

    In with a can of chopped tomatoes, 2 cans full of water, four extra tomatoes chopped up and, about 4 stalks worth of basil leaves, a good dollop or two or three of house red and boil then simmer down.



    Add a sprinkle of sugar, salt and pepper, paprika, chili pwder, oregano and tomato puree when reduced. Then bugger off for the day.

    Evening:

    Now get your sauce into a small pan so it is deep and simmer away as you prep your meatballs. Throw in 4-5 extra basil leaves.



    Roll 'em into golf sized balls on a floured board so they're coated.



    Brown 'em up, but you don't want to cook them fully, just a nice brown frying.



    *plop* Messy business.



    This is where you cook them, slowly simmering in the sauce, this way they're lovely and soft and tender.

    Onto yer table.



    Fresh basil, bread roll, mozzarella.





    The meatballs look a bit bland, but be fooled not. The flavour of the herbs and garlic and soft texture of the (pretty much steamed) pork is utterly delicous.



    Two satisfied bellies later.




    Happy New Year Mo'Fo's.
    Last edited by Chairman Mao; 01-01-2013 at 08:31 PM.

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    Not too many things better than good tasting home made Italian meat balls. I have them all the time at home but nothing like the one's Great Grandma from the home country used to make. Now they were outstanding and available every Sunday as was the pasta and sauce. And they were on top of the stove in the kitchen where all the kids had to hang out as they were not allowed in the living room, except for very special occasions or if they were called for by Great Grandpa. The kitchen where the food was was where we kids wanted to be any way as it was easy access to the back yard where we ran around in our Sunday cloths.

    nice meatballs BTW Mao and a very worthy New YEars Day meal.
    "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff....and it is all small stuff"

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler View Post
    Not too many things better than good tasting home made Italian meat balls. I have them all the time at home but nothing like the one's Great Grandma from the home country used to make. Now they were outstanding and available every Sunday as was the pasta and sauce. And they were on top of the stove in the kitchen where all the kids had to hang out as they were not allowed in the living room, except for very special occasions or if they were called for by Great Grandpa. The kitchen where the food was was where we kids wanted to be any way as it was easy access to the back yard where we ran around in our Sunday cloths.
    You grew up in a movie, didn't you.

    nice meatballs BTW Mao and a very worthy New YEars Day meal.
    Cheers.

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    Loooks decent, CM...

    The fresh basil saved the day.

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    worthy! # staring at a bowl of rice soup

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    Your the man CM !

    Allthough they're more garlic balls with a touch of meat in em ,, jeez I'm sure glad I aint your dentist !

    HNY mate well done , gonna give it a go ,,,,,,er minus a hundredweight of garlic

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    Think I'll roast some bell peppers to accompany the left-overs for lunch or dinner tomorrow.

    Another 24 hours and the sauce should just be getting great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman Mao
    left-overs
    WTF?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman Mao
    Think I'll roast some bell peppers to accompany the left-overs for lunch or dinner tomorrow.
    Yes, and I think I'll acquire some dill sauce to garnish my smoked salmon sandwiches (mummy cuts the crusts off) for tomorrow's brunch # I'm a fucking ponce

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    Ah sorry Mao I hadn't seen this thread. Great work, I'll give that a go. Haven't been on line much as its riding season again

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman Mao View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler View Post
    Not too many things better than good tasting home made Italian meat balls. I have them all the time at home but nothing like the one's Great Grandma from the home country used to make. Now they were outstanding and available every Sunday as was the pasta and sauce. And they were on top of the stove in the kitchen where all the kids had to hang out as they were not allowed in the living room, except for very special occasions or if they were called for by Great Grandpa. The kitchen where the food was was where we kids wanted to be any way as it was easy access to the back yard where we ran around in our Sunday cloths.
    You grew up in a movie, didn't you.

    nice meatballs BTW Mao and a very worthy New YEars Day meal.
    Cheers.
    actually, it wasn't too different than displayed in the movie... :-)

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    Found a great Tibet restaurant in Paris serving tasty meatballs. Restaurant tibétain - Tashi Tagye à Paris
    Wife made and cooked same for xmas day,much nicer than turkey roast.

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    I make meatballs on a regular basis, now the time for Tomato Concassé. make it and vac pack then freeze along with meat balls.

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