The two friends were so very absorbed in their meal, meatballs and sauce, plunked on top of plain spaghetti, old-school style. I haven't seen that since visiting some Italian restaurants when I was a kid but the vision came to me and I had to serve it that way. The meatball recipe, made with grass-fed beef, had an interesting addition, toasted pinenuts. You know I don't think I have ever made the same meatball recipe twice but I think this one might be a keeper.
My Mini Meatballs
1 lb. grass-fed ground beef
2 cups torn day-old bread, crusts removed
1 1/2 medium onions, finely chopped
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup milk (I used goat)
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts, chopped
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 eggs, beaten
salt, pepper to taste (about 1/2 tsp. of salt)
1. Soak bread in milk for 15 minutes. Squeeze out liquid.
2. Saute onion until very soft. Add garlic and cook for two more minutes.
2. Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix by hand.
4. For mixture into walnut sized balls. Sautee in batches in a tablespoon or two of olive oil until browned on all sides. Remove to drain and then continue to cook in tomato sauce of your choice. I used two cans of whole plum tomatoes, one onion, 2 cloves garlic, bay leaves, salt and pepper.