Monday, July 19, 2010

Simple Dinner...

For dinner tonight, I made Farfalle pasta tossed in a rich alfredo sauce. I used three different kinds of cheese in the sauce. With the pasta sprinkled with grated parmesan cheese, I made meatballs. My secret for tasty meatballs is using ground pork with ground beef. Depending upon the availability, I'll mix in other ground meats like bison or venison. I think the pork fat keeps the meatballs from drying out and the rendered fat makes a great starter for the sauce.

The awesome thing about these meatballs is that they can be made in advance and frozen and kept for months on end. This is particularly handy if there's a sale on ground meat or if you're in the mood for mass meatball production. I don't like adding a bunch of filler, but do coat them in panko bread crumbs so that they're nice and crunchy on the outside. I like to bake them before freezing them and then frying them up in a skillet when I'm reheating them afterwards. This gives them a nice color and insures that they are crispy on the outside, but not dry.

7 comments:

kate mckinnon said...

YUM. I made an omelette tonight, with fresh basil and garlic chives from the garden, in honor of your frittata. Served with mango juice, honey toast, and a ripe nectarine, it seemed a fit celebration for a day well done.

TesoriTrovati said...

There is no area of your life that is left uninspired, Andrew. This simple dinner is filled with rich complex flavors and looks so hearty and homey. I am totally uninspired when it comes to cooking generally. I am no good with the whole preparation thing. I am all about the shortcuts, so I laughed when I saw the words "in the mood for meatball production"! I know that I am NEVER in that mood! But I do wish that I could have you in my kitchen to whisper tips for me when I am beyond desperate for ideas.
Enjoy the day!
Erin
P.S. I got the book. It looks great! When I have more time I will sit down and devour it!

Sheila said...

This looks yummy! Putting breadcrumbs or something similar helps keep them moist, too. I've been making frittatas also, since I had yours when I visited you in NYC the first time.

Pretty Things said...

That looks divine!

ggs said...

Love simple dinners like this-- anything with pasta & cheese works for me! --Gail

Janet said...

Wow to die for meals! My husband has health issues I wish I could use more cheeses! I wont give him hardly any cheese nor egg..and they are grand items to cook with..

heather wynn millican said...

I'm with you Erin, I am so uninspired in the kitchen! Andrew is such an amazing chef, he is simply an all around creatively stupendous individual.