Meatballs and Polenta

Posted by Dave Conner on

We couldn't resist writing a blog on this classic. Here's our take on one of our favorite comfort foods around our farm on cold days! Cue the comfy pants and make sure the couch is near by afterwards.

Let's start with the meatballs.

Ingredients:

1/2 white onion, chopped

1 cup Gluten Free Bread Crumbs (or bread crumbs of your choice)

2 Tbl extra virgin olive oil

1lb ground pork

1 Tbl U Wanna Pizza Me?

1 Egg

2 Tbl Heavy Whipping cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sauté onions in olive oil at medium heat then turn heat off.

Combine pork and Pizza Me in a bowl and blend together.

Add bread crumbs, crack egg into bowl, add cream and mix together. Next, add onion and olive oil to the bowl and gently mix until combined.

Use parchment paper to line a baking sheet. Roll meat into desired size meatballs and place them in rows on the sheet pan.

Bake in the oven for 24 minutes. Take out meatballs when they are ready and allow them to rest for 5 minutes. While the meatballs are in the oven, start your polenta.

 

It's time to make the polenta! This is the time you want to get some spaghetti sauce warming up in a small saucepan on the side. You can use homemade or jarred. Honestly whatever is easiest for you!

Ingredients:

1 Quart chicken stock (vegetable stock works as well)

1 1/4 cup Bob's Red Mill corn grits polenta

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tsp Rhode Island Red (any crushed red pepper will do as well)

1/2 tsp Daily Grind (black pepper)

1 garlic clove, smashed and chopped

1 tsp salt or to taste

1 Tbl butter

1/2 cup sharp cheddar

Directions:

Heat chicken stock in medium sauce pan just below a simmer then add cream. Add RI Red to pot and stir in. Add Daily Grind and garlic and continue to stir. Bring mixture to a light simmer.

Slowly whisk in polenta over light heat. Add salt as you continue to stir while polenta cooks.

Once it looks and feels thick add butter and cheese. Stir well to combine.

Now it's time to plate this delicious meal! Plate polenta first in a large bowl then top with meatballs. Add your choice of spaghetti sauce on top and serve. Feel free to add parmesan or more cheddar or top with whatever else you want! 

 

 

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