Autumn is coming. And it’s my time. By that, I mean my favourite time of the year. From preserving the bounty of summer, to long walks through crunchy leaf laden paths, to a big pot of something deliciously simmering away on the back of the stove, it’s all for me. My birthday is in autumn. It’s football season. Now all I need is a good gluten-free recipe for pie pastry!
One of the first things I turn to for cooler weather cooking is meatballs. Easily modified, tasty on their own as well as being an excellent addition to many dishes, they’re one of my cool weather kitchen staples.
That means I make them often. That includes always looking at ways to make them even better. I’ve found the combination of ground meats gives the best texture, while having enough fat to keep them tasty and light. Of equal importance is the mixing and handling… a light touch is necessary, otherwise you just might end up with a substitute for golf balls.
There are some recipes that pan fry, while others say to poach them in the sauce. Wanting the best of both worlds, I combined the methods; cooking a few minutes on one side, turning for a few seconds, and then adding to the pot of simmering sauce. Use your favourite or try one of mine Tomato Sauce: Master Recipe, which comes together in mere minutes.
Serve these with your favourite pasta, but do try other options like polenta, mashed potatoes or spaghetti squash. Buon appetito~