Who’s seen Goodfellas? Yes, its violent. Very violent. But its one of my favourite films. Not because of the profanity and gore. No. Because there is a scene where it shows you the proper way to prepare garlic.
Now that’s how you prepare garlic. Elsewhere in the film a traditional Italian meatball dish is prepared, which is the inspiration for this meat feast.
Serving up meatballs the Italian way requires scale: make enough to feed ten. To recreate this classic dish you will need:
- Pork and Beef Mince (Ground for those on the other side of the Atlantic – mince or ground – which sounds worse?)
- Capsicum peppers
- Olive oil
- Lots of tomatoes (fresh and tinned)
- Chicken stock
- Red wine (half a bottle should do)
- Mixed dried herbs
- One egg
- Cooking chorizo (not often you see a Brit use the letter ‘z’)
First off of course you need to cut up the garlic wafer thin so it ‘melts in the oil’ a la ‘Goodfellas’. It helps to have something by Matt Munro playing at this point:
Unfortunately razor blades were not available
Now fry the garlic, onion and pepper in olive oil until soft.
Then add the tomatoes and wine and simmer:
While the sauce is cooking away gently, prepare the meatballs. Put the meat, breadcrumbs, herbs and egg in a bowl and combine gently – don’t mash it too hard – the balls will get too solid – break up the meat slowly and kind of fold it in so you dont squeeze all the air out.
Then make meatballs using your hands and fry in a skillet turning frequently to brown all over:
Great wedding present – the skillet not the meatballs
Now add the balls to the sauce. Cut the chorizo in half and add that too:
Continue cooking, until the sauce thickens up. Then serve up these steaming balls of loveliness with pasta ribbons and a nice glass of something ruby red!
Pauly himself would be proud!