Friday, September 25, 2009

Gorgonzola Filled Meatballs, Bay and Onion Creamy Tomato Gravy

Who doesn't love to eat healthier right?
The original recipe calls for a ground beef/veal combination, but I subbed this for 93% lean ground turkey- and it didn't compromise the taste at all. I loved the flavor of gorgonzola cheese filled within the meatball cavity. The creamy onion & tomato sauce was fantastic too, and it made A LOT (which is good, since I love my sauces). When filling the meatball cavity, I used 2 Tbsp of cheese per meatball. Make sure to make your meatball "walls" sturdy, or you'll have an "oops!" moment like this one:

Otherwise, they were easy, tasty, and a nice alternative to meatballs! I paired this dish with these potatoes, and it came out to be a perfect pair.

1-1/2 pounds ground veal (Omitted)
1 pound ground beef (I used 2-1/2 lb 93/7 ground turkey)
Salt and pepper
2 cloves garlic, grated or minced
1 large egg, plus 1 egg yolk
2 handfuls grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
2 handfuls plain bread crumbs
3 Tbsp sliced or finely chopped sage leaves
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces Gorgonzola
1 Tbsp butter
2 fresh bay leaves
1 onion, finely chopped
1 cup chicken stock
1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup cream

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Place meat in a mixing bowl and season with salt, pepper, add in garlic, eggs, cheese, bread crumbs and sage. Mix meat, roll into 8 large balls and arrange in a baking dish. Coat balls with 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil.
3. Using the end of a wooden spoon, make an indentation half way into each ball and fill the cavity with some Gorgonzola. Bake until golden and cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.

4. Heat 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil and butter in a sauce pot over medium heat, add bay and onions and season with salt and pepper.
5. Add chicken stock and tomatoes and heat through, stir in cream, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer to thicken slightly 8 to 10 minutes.
6. Ladle sauce into shallow bowls and top with big stuffed meatballs and potatoes alongside, if desired.

Source: Rachael Ray


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