Big Spicy Meatballs
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16-18 large meatballs
- 2 lbs lean ground beef
- 2 lbs ground pork
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 2 slices soft bread, crusts removed and torn into pieces
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 eggs
- 1⁄2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 3 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
- 1 1⁄2 cups ricotta cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients, 1 cup of the Parmesan, and 2 t. of the pepper. Mix just to combine.
- Shape the mixture into 16 to 18 large meatballs (each should be about 3/4 cup of meat). Place on a baking pan and set aside.
- In a medium bowl combine the ricotta with the remaining Parmesan and the remaining pepper; set aside.
- Bake the meatballs for 20 minutes in upper third of oven. Remove from oven and turn on broiler.
- Spoon 1 T. of the ricotta mixture onto each meatball. Broil 3 to 5 minutes or until the ricotta just starts to brown. Serve with marinara sauce.
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I didn't start cooking until my early 20's, even though I come from a family of accomplished and admired home cooks. While I grew up watching my Italian grandmother in the kitchen, I remained uninterested in trying anything on my own. As a young lady, I was known for being particularly ignorant in the kitchen, with no idea how to even make a hot dog! All this changed, however, when I got engaged. I realized it was time to let my inherent talents out of the bag. At the time, the New York Times had a weekly column called The 60-Minute Gourmet by Pierre Franey. Each week, I would follow these recipes diligently, and taught myself to cook that way. From there, I began to read cookbooks and consult with relatives on family recipes. At my ripe old age now, I feel I know enough to put together a very pleasing meal and have become accomplished in my own right. Having an Irish father and an Italian mother, I'm glad I inherited the cooking gene (and the drinking one too!). One thing I have learned is that simpler is always better! I always believe cooking fills a need to nurture and show love. After being widowed fairly young and living alone with my dog and cats, I stopped cooking for awhile, since I really had no one to cook for. I made care packages for my grown son occasionally, and like to cook weekly for my boyfriend, so I feel like I am truly back in the saddle!!