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Meatball Loaves with Tomato Gravy and Smashed Potatoes

December 2006
Meatball Loaves with Tomato Gravy and Smashed Potatoes

by 10 people

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 5 mins

Ingredients
  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • Salt
  • 1/2 pound each ground pork, veal and beef
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/2- 3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs (a couple of generous handfuls)
  • 1/3 cup plus a splash heavy cream
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Flat-leaf parsley, chopped (a generous handful)
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (eyeball it)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice (eyeball it)
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees . Place the potatoes in a pot, cover with cold water and cover the pot with a lid. Bring to a boil, then salt the water and cook the potatoes until tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes and add them back to the pot.
  2. While the potatoes are working, in a large bowl, combine the ground meats with 1/2 cup cheese, 1/2 cup bread crumbs, a splash of cream, the egg, parsley, half of the chopped garlic, the Worcestershire sauce and allspice; season with salt and pepper. Drizzle 1 tablespoon EVOO onto a baking sheet, form the meat mixture into 4 loaves about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick and place on the baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon EVOO. Bake the loaves for 20 minutes.
  3. While the meat loaves bake, in a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium heat. Add the remaining garlic, the carrot, onion leaf and cook until tender, 7 to 8 minutes; season with salt and pepper and the rosemary. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the broth and simmer until thickened. Discard the bay leaf.
  4. Add the remaining 1/3 cup cream and 1 cup cheese to the potatoes and season with 1 teaspoon salt; smash to desired consistency. Divide the potatoes among 4 plates and make a small well in the center. Remove the meat loaves from the oven, turn in their sauce and set alongside the potatoes. Spoon extra sauce into the wells and over the meat loaves.
Tip PAIR WITH:
  • Apollonio Salice Salentino 2001 (Italy)
Tip Extra! Extra!
  • Form leftover mashed potatoes into patties, coat with seasoned bread crumbs, then bake or fry.