Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Polpette Alla Siciliana
It was a very old school place, small, loads of photographs on the wall I distinctly remember an Italian poster for the Godfather film "Il Padrino". The tables had checked red and white tablecloths and every table had an old bottle with a candle, covered in wax.It was dark and old fashioned, Frank Sinatra music playing and mixture from Aristocracy to East End Gangsters and the odd B list celebrity. Key was Gianni had to like you. and he loved everyone.
Start with a proper Tomato sauce, Sauté some crushed garlic in Olive Oil add some chopped Basil stalks and a couple of Anchovy fillets. After a minute or two add some Cherry Tomatoes some whole some in halves,let them cook on high heat couple of minutes. Now add a good glass of White wine let it reduce for a minute or so, then add a tin of chopped Tomatoes. Reduce the heat add a tsp Dried Oregano and half teaspoon of Rosemary. A tablespoon or two of dried Parsley a cup of Chicken Stock and let it simmer.
Now start your Meatballs. Only use Ground Beef,add two or three tablespoons of breadcrumbs, The zest of a lemon a tablespoon of dried Oregano the same of Parsley a glug of Olive Oil and mix with your hands to make golfball sized Meatballs.
Place on a parchment lined baking tray and put in the fridge.
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Now Ladle the sauce on the plate, and add your Meatballs scatter some baby Basil and Parsley leaves, grate some Parmesan Cheese on top and serve. Thank you Gianni, It's your dish, I miss those care free decadent days. I miss old Gianni. God Bless