You may remember that one of my blogs referred to the “On Top of Spaghetti” song. You can now view a version of this song by using the link on my home page. According to Wikipedia, one version of this song by Tom Glazer was a hit in 1963. This song is a parody of the original song by the Weavers, “On top of Old Smoky”. The original song is about a long lost love.
It is the beginning of the week, and though we may not be singing songs, spaghetti and meatballs are a good way to get everyone sitting around the table to eat and talk. I love meatballs, and as a kid growing up I thought having meatballs was pretty “fancy”. It made a nice change from meat, potato and two veg!
Our last attempt at having meatballs for dinner did not go according to plan, so it is time to share a recipe that has worked for us. The following recipe is one my mother has used for many years.
SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS
1 small onion, cut in half
2 slices bread, torn into pieces
500 – 600g beef mince
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup grated cheese
salt and pepper
Jar of pasta sauce
Grated parmesan cheese for serving
Place the onion and the bread in a food processor, and whizz until finely chopped. Add bread and onion mixture to mince. Combine the mince mixture with egg yolk, grated cheese and add salt and pepper to taste. Shape mince mixture into golf-size balls.
Add olive oil to frying pan, and brown meatballs on a medium/high heat. Add pasta sauce. Once bubbling turn down the heat, and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Serve on cooked spaghetti, and garnish with parmesan cheese. Serves 3 -4.