Spaghetti & meatballs. Who doesn't love spaghetti & meatballs? This morning I got the spag bug, and headed to the grocery, then to the Cheese Cave for a very special side dish. Who has had fried zucchini flowers.......
Saute 1 chopped onion in olive oil until tender, then add in 1 stalk celery, 1 carrot, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 bay leaf, and 1 cinnamon stick. Saute over medium heat until the veg are all soft & the cinnamon is becoming fragrant.
Add in 1 28 oz can of diced fire-roasted tomatoes, 1 tsp oregano, and about 1/2 of a jar of Trader Joe's sundried tomatoes. Lower to a simmer, cover, and ignore it for an hour. Don't mess with it. It knows what it's doing.
1 lb. ground beef, 3 spicy Italian sausages crumbled, 1/4 c. fresh parsley, 2 cloves garlic minced, 1 Tbl. freeze dried oregano, 1 egg, SnP, and.....the most important part....1 slice of stale bread soaked in milk, then mashed into a paste.
Roll equal-sized portions of meat in panko, drizzle with olive oil, then bake @ 400 for 25 minutes.
Puree the red sauce, taste for SnP.
Ok....these...are amazing. If you can get your hands on fresh zucchini flowers, stuff them with chevre & SnP, and dip in a batter of flour and sparkling water.
Fry in olive oil until lightly golden on each side.
Serve the flowers with red sauce, and top cooked pasta with red sauce, and a few of those crispy meatballs. Your family will thank you. (Even if they are only 3 feet tall.) :)