Who doesn't like homemade meat balls in slow simmered tomato sauce?
1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 lb 80/20 ground beef
1/3-1/2 cup of seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
1 large egg
Spice Mix: dried parsley, oregano, sun-dried tomato flakes, garlic granules, onion granules, red chile flakes, salt & pepper.
Mix all the ingredients by hand and form into balls. I like to go for a little smaller than a golf ball. Brown the meat balls in a skillet over medium heat. You'll need to turn them several times to get them browned all over.
As the meat balls finish drop them into a big pot of simmering tomato sauce. De-glaze the pan with a little red wine and add the drippings to the tomato sauce for some extra flavor.
Simple Tomato Sauce:
One #10 (the large one) can of crushed tomatoes
One 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 medium onion finely diced
6 cloves garlic finely diced
1/2 cup good red wine
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon of sugar
salt & pepper to taste
Heat up a little oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Cook the onion until translucent. Add in the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add in all the other ingredients and simmer for at least 1 hour. Pull the bay leaves out before serving.
These meat balls make excellent sandwiches too!