Happy 2 days before new years!
So much excitement for the new year! I haven't made any new years resolutions yet, but they are clearing coming up soon, soon, soon. School just ended a week ago but too close to christmas, which means the number of cookies I made for this holiday season = zero. But I made up (am making up? will be making up?) for it with a bunch of other goodies, especially since TC came around to visit me for a whole 2 weeks.
Well actually, the real reason (shh.) I baked absolutely nothing this past week is because I bought another le creuset and really felt like I needed to braise everything in sight. This makes it no. 3(!!), a pretty braiser in white does this qualify as an LC addiction yet, or do I need 3 more??? I justified it by telling myself I hadn't bought one in a whole two years, that it was an early xmas gift to myself, that I really needed a pot wider than my 3.5 wide dutch oven. Obviously the real reason is that I suddenly fell in love with the color dune (which I found out gets so much hate by basically everybody else in the universe, what gives guys?!?)
We broke in baby no. 3 with a pound of meatballs - the easy kind that follows no recipe, just blind throwing and a non-fancy sauce. No regrets on the purchase obviously, although my bank account is a little mad at me...
four servings (twenty-ish meatballs)
How to do it:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix everything except for tomato and basil leaves using your hands. It should be well combined, but not overworked!
- Roll out little meatballs, about 1.5 inches in diameter, and assemble in a wide pan with a lid.
- Combine drained canned tomato and basil leaves (plus other seasonings if you want!) in a food processor, and puree until very smooth. Pour over meatballs so that the pan is evenly covered with a shallow layer of sauce.
- Cover the pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 30min, until meatballs are soft and tender. Serve with lots of fresh veggies and pasta!
What you need:
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1/2 pound ground veal
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 28oz canned tomato, drained
- 1 handful basil leaves, plus any additional seasonings as desired.