September 14, 2005

Martha Stewart - Spaghetti and Meatballs from the DiSantos

Now I know not EVERYONE will be excited about the premiere of Martha's new television show. Some of you are scary little beasties that hate her, everything she stands for, blah blah blah. I love Martha. I tend to think that a lot of the crap said about her being some tyrannical boss is true. So what? I don't work for her. And if I did, it would be my choice to work for her and therefore I would have no room to complain.
Anyways, on her premiere show she visited the DiSantos and I was quite intrigued. I'd never made spaghetti sauce or meatballs from scratch...(insert scary music that suddenly comes screetching to a halt) It was about time.

The verdict is...these are the best meatballs I've ever tasted. Oh so moist and tender. They also have a goodly amount of cheese in them! The sauce...well I fear that I'm so used to canned that REAL sauce tastes...well...a little bland and is quite watery? Esh.

Spaghetti and Meatballs from the DiSantos

For the Meatballs:
2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
1/2 cup milk
1 small shallot
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
1 pound ground sirloin beef
1 pound ground pork
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
Olive oil

For the Sauce
4 cans (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh garlic
1/4 cup chopped sweet onion, preferably Vidalia
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 pounds spaghetti, cooked

1. Prepare the meatballs; Place breadcrumbs in large bowl; add milk to moisten. Set aside.

2. Combine shallot and parsley in food processor; pulse until mixture is finely chopped. Add to breadcrumb mixture along with beef, pork, eggs, garlic powder, and cheese; season with salt and pepper. Using your hands, mix until well combined but not over-mixed.

3. Lightly coat hands with olive oil; roll meat mixture into 1-inch balls. Place meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

4. Heat 1 inch olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook meatballs in batches; until browned on all sides, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer meatballs to a baking sheet lined with paper towels; let drain. It may be necessary to discard oil in skillet and add more.

5. Prepare sauce; Place all ingredients into a food processor. Process until mixture is puréed. Transfer to a large saucepan. Place over medium heat and add meatballs. Cook until meatballs are heated through.

6. Bring a large covered pot of water to a boil; add salt. Add spaghetti, cover, and return to a boil. Uncover, and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Drain, and serve with meatball and sauce.

A few notes on my substitutions and whatnot: First-I didn't have fresh garlic. Actually I had just bought fresh garlic but I had to nomad my way to a different kitchen, so I forgot it in the process. I substituted minced garlic. About 1 tablespoon should be okay. I added more than that. Way more. What can I say. I'm less than bright at times.
Second-Handle the meatball mixture very delicately when you are mixing it.
Third-I drained the cans of skinned tomatoes. Martha's recipe doesn't clarify but all that sauce wouldn't fit in the food processor, so drained they be. And lastly, as for her new French Bulldog Francesca:

*Climbing on soap box* I ran across some unbelievably moronic posts about said dog. (Read from 2nd post on) Who the hell are these idiots? Here is a particularly poignant excerpt from a douche bag: "You just know there are going to be people who are going to rush out and get a Frenchie from ANYWHERE so they can be "just like Martha."... Without a care or concern, without understanding ANYTHING about the breed ETC. ETC..."
"I am seriously considering writing a letter to Martha to express my disappointment at her lack of concern for the effects this publicity will have on our precious breed. Not that it will do any good... but she should know better!"
Go back and read those people. Oh My God. People buying a dog without out knowing everything about its breed? INSANITY! How about they just love the breed and have always wanted one?

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Listen to me you stupid women: People should be free to buy whatever the hell breed of dog they want without having to hear your insipid bitching. Get a life.
Somehow they equate her buying a French Bulldog with the moral decay of society. Do they want to hoard all the Frenchies for themselves and only they will deem who is good enough to have one?
So she got herself a cute dog. So what? According to you buffoons its apocalyptic that *gasp* a celebrity bought a Frenchie.

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Esh. And I'm spent. Kisses for everyone else.