This week’s recipe for Cook the Book Fridays comes from Dorie Greenspan’s latest cookbook, Everyday Dorie and was the perfect comfort food this week. Meatballs and Spaghetti sounds like a simple dish but slow cooked, the meatballs take on a lot of flavour.
In fact, my version of the dish was even simpler as I used a prepared tomato sauce that I had in the fridge that needed using us. It was spicy too which worked well – my sausages that I defrosted ended up being NOT spicy (as the recipe calls for) so this balanced it out well! The sauce in the recipe is just tomatoes, garlic and a little balsamic (also the ingredients in my jarred sauce!) and it’s a good reminder that you can get a lot of flavour from just a few ingredients.
The meatballs themselves contain ground beef, spicy sausage, red onion, salt, pepper, an egg, herbs and – oats and walnuts! Stealth healthy ingredients! I opted not to use walnuts as I was serving these to Neil who is recovering from dental surgery so no “hard food” allowed for a few days – I added a touch more oats to compensate.
Dorie simmers the meatballs in the sauce in a Dutch oven on the stovetop for 90 minutes but I couldn’t be in or around the kitchen for that long the day I made them so I put them in the slow cooker. Perfect! 2 hours later…
My only comment about these and the only thing I would change is using a smaller cookie scoop to portion these. The recipe calls for a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop which makes HUGE meatballs (the photo in the book shows much smaller ones, I think…). I cut these in halves to photo and serve them and it was a little more manageable!
I will, however be making these again – love the reminder to pan fry and brown meatballs to get some flavour them slowly cook them in a sauce so it permeated the meat. SO good.
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Spaghetti and Meatballs on page 22 of Everyday Dorie or here.
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