Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Veal Ricotta Meatballs AKA the Oddball

Akhtar Nawab, the chef at CraftBar in NYC, came up with the Ultimate meatball recipe, the meatball recipe that ends all meatball recipes...period, zip, no argument.

I am fully aware that making such a bold statement might spark an underground revolution, the Meatball purists could arise at sunrise and plot a revolt (ah poetry!)and the Italians from the 'hood might send a Mama's death Squad after me wearing aprons and armed with rolling pins but... I am not afraid to stand bold and proud by my statement: This is the best meatball recipe, Ever!

"How could a man named Nawab create the Ultimate Meatball recipe?" you ask? Well i don't know, but i once knew a man called Benetteto that couldn't cook to save his life so don't judge a book by it's cover (...deeply philosophical!). I have much respect for your mama and i am certain she makes a hell of a meatball but trying this recipe will make you a believer. Afterward, you can always claim you invented it, who cares!...Nawab doesn't.

What makes those meatballs so special is their melt-on-your-tongue texture, no fancy shmancy technique a la Ferran Adria, it's the whooping 50/50 ratio of ground veal for Ricotta that turn those meatballs into little pillows.

I accept to rename the recipe "Veal Ricotta Oddballs" as an act of good will. I hope it will calm down the rebellion... and also because...euhh let's face it, they are kind of odd, 50/50 who are they kidding? But odd is the new black so be a man...euhh or a woman and try it, okay?

Veal Ricotta Oddballs
(serves 6)
  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground veal

  • 3 cups fresh ricotta cheese

  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • All-purpose flour for dusting

  • Canola oil for frying

  • 1 can (28 ounces) San Marzano tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 stick of butter

  • 1/4 bunch fresh basil, roughly chopped

  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 350'F

  2. In a mixer bowl with the paddle attachment, place the veal, ricotta, parmesan, egg, nutmeg, salt and pepper (keep all the ingredients cold before starting)

  3. Mix at medium speed until the mixture comes together, about 30 seconds

  4. Dust your hands with flour and form the mixture into oddballs (1 1/2 in diameter)
  5. Pour 1 inch of oil into a large non-stick skillet over high heat

  6. Sear the oddballs in batches until golden brown on all sides. Tranfer to a tray lined with paper towels
  7. Clean the skillet, add the tomatoes, the butter, basil and garlic

  8. Simmer for 5 minutes before adding the oddballs

  9. Cover and braise in the oven for 1 hour or until the sauce is thick

  10. Adjust seasoning if necessary

  11. Serve over fresh pasta sprinkled with chopped basil and parmesan

  12. Enjoy

1 comment:

jameswilliams said...

Nice recipe when i visit i taste this 3 or 4 time in restaurant i really like this i want to cook this at home but there is some fault on cooking time, children also like this type of food.John Williams
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