David's Dish: Fried Meatballs
The International Meat Book by Carole Lalli is a wonderful collection of sixty of the world’s favorite meat recipes. Choosing a recipe proved difficult for there are so many delicious dishes to pick from. Fortunately, I could not get the song “One Meatball” out of my head, and I had just finished reading Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs; consequently, I chose to prepare the fried meatball dish.
Preparation of the meatballs seemed straightforward—breadcrumbs, eggs, ground beef, and spices—but it was not without problems. I didn’t have enough olive oil on hand, so canola oil was used as a substitute. I’m sure I’ll be scolded at our upcoming olive oil tasting event, but the Dish has got to do what the Dish has got to do. Another issue was not making the meatballs uniform in size; I had some very large, robust meatballs and some little, lumpy meatballs. That just won’t do!
But, even robust or little and lumpy, with some pasta and semi-homemade sauce the taste was superb. After I polished off the meatballs and pasta I did a rereading of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, then took a nap and dreamt I was in the wonderful tiny town of Chewandswallow. So, give the meatballs or any one of the terrific recipes in this cookbook a whirl!
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