Spaghetti and Meatballs Wine Pairing
During the last six weeks of Denver’s stay at home order, due to You-Know-What, restaurants have been closed for everything minus delivery and carry out. Until the order went into place, we really haven’t done a lot of carry out. Mainly because when we’re not traveling we usually like to cook or visit one of our handful of go-to restaurants. But that’s all changed.
One of the highlights of our life under the stay at home order has become our weekly carry-out dining experiences. We’ve had a lot of fun – and delicious experiences – exploring new restaurants right here in Denver. Which, brings me to what I hope will become a more ongoing and permanent series of post for Carpe Travel, even after life in quarantine.
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Suggested Wine Pairing
Pair this Spaghetti and Meatballs with an Italian Chianti or Sangiovese.
36 Cloves Garlic
1 ¼ cup Olive Oil
1 cup Blended Oil
1, #10 Can Tomatoes
2 Tbsp Fennel Seeds
2 tsp Chili Flakes
3 Sprigs Basil
2 Tbsp Salt
3 ½ Pounds Ground Pork
2 Onions, Diced
12 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
¾ cup Olive Oil
11 oz Focaccia, or other day old bread, torn into small pieces
2 cups Milk
7 oz Parm, Grated, plus more for plating
2 tsp Chili Flakes
1 cup Basil, Chopped, plus more for plating
4 tsp Salt
2 Pounds Cooked Spaghetti
1. Toast the Garlic in the oils until very soft, fragrant and golden brown. Once the garlic is cooked, add the rest of the ingredients and cook on a low simmer for 1 hour.
2. After the hour, pull out sprigs of Basil and blend the sauce up until smooth. The sauce has a lot of oil in it, and will break if not blended up enough. Keep hot until your meatballs are finished.
In a pot, Sweat out the onions and garlic in the olive oil. Make sure to do it on low heat so that the they dosn’t get any color on them, cook until they are very soft and translucent then cool on a tray.
In a bowl, combine your torn focaccia, milk, eggs, parm, chili flakes, basil and salt.
Mix until well combined.
Add your pork and cooled onion and garlic mix to the bowl and mix to combine. Mix everything with your hands, not a mixer, so the mixture doesn’t get tough.
Chill in the fridge for about an hour so as to stiffen up the mixture to make it easier to handle. Using a portion scoop (Black) portion all the meatballs on a sheet tray with parchment paper. Make sure they are tightly packed so they don’t fall apart.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then rotate the tray and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven and cool. Reserve cool for service or put the meatballs in a bot with some of the pomodoro.
Gently simmer for about 10 minutes, until the meatballs are very hot in the middle. Pour over the cooked Spaghetti and garnish with torn basil and plenty of grated Parmesan.