Next I made the meatballs, also ahead of time and instead of beef or pork, made them with chicken--a first for me. Not that I am anti-chicken, but I really think meatballs should contain MEAT...not poultry. I am not a fan of dull meatballs so made these with lots of Italian herbs and garlic. They actually were delicious!
4 big boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks for grinding
1/2 large onion, cut into chunks for grinding
6-8 cloves garlic, peeled, smashed, ready for grinding
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp. mixed Italian herbs
1 Tbsp. dried basil
1 Tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
Salt/Pepper-do not skimp
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
2 Tbsp. red sauce
Flour for rolling balls after formed
Grind the chunks of chicken and all other ingredients up to the Panko bread crumbs thoroughly in a food processor or mini-max. Remove and place in a large mixing bowl. Using your hands blend in the bread crumbs, 2 eggs and 2 Tbsp. red sauce. By using your hands you are able to blend all ingredients thoroughly, but gently.
3 1/2 cups white flour
4 extra-large eggs
Mound the flour in the center of a large bowl or on a cutting board.
Even the dogs enjoyed the spaghetti and meatballs! Here's Andy feeding Scruffy a big bite!
DON'T LET MAKING PASTA SCARE YOU.
EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE A BIG FANCY MACHINE, GIVE IT A TRY. IT'S FUN AND
TURNS A MEAL INTO A CELEBRATION.
CIAO! UNTIL NEXT TIME...
PLEASE ALWAYS HAVE FUN WITH YOUR FOOD!