My Mother rarely made meatballs, instead she would put nice chunks of beef and pork into the sauce and let it simmer all day until the meat is so tender it falls apart and the sauce is very thick and hearty, I like to serve this with homemade pasta.. I used olive oil to cook the meat and shallots but my Mom always used salt pork see note below regarding that method. —sdebrango
Salt your meat. In dutch oven heat some olive oil, add shallots and cook until lightly browned, add the smashed garlic cloves and meat. Cook until meat is browned and deglaze with wine, add the bay leaf. Now add the tomatoes and basil and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, adust seasoning, cover and let simmer for at least 4 hours. Remove bay leaf before serving.
NOTE:The crushed tomatoes are thick so I add a little water to each can after I dump in the tomatoes to thin the sauce a little. It will cook down and be very thick in the end .
NOTE: My Mom cooked the shallot and meat in salt pork, I couldn't find any so used olive oil. Her method was as follows. She would scrape off about 2 tbs of the fat and add 1 clove of minced garlic and some parsley chopping so that the garlic was almost indistinguishable. She would then heat that until it liquifies and cook the shallots and meat in that. Olive oil is perfectly acceptable and delicious though. She never measured anything so its difficult to say exactly how much parsley but she did say one clove of garlic I would just pinch off the leaves of a few stems.
I have loved to cook for as long as I can remember, am self taught learning as I go. I come from a large Italian family and food was at the center of almost every gathering. My grandfather made his own wine and I remember the barrels of wine in the cellar of my grandfathers home, I watched my mother and aunts making homemade pasta and remember how wonderful it was to sit down to a truly amazing dinner. Cooking for me is a way to express myself its my creative outlet. I enjoy making all types of food but especially enjoy baking,
I live in Brooklyn, NY, and I share my home with my two dogs Izzy and Nando.
I like to collect cookbooks and scour magazines and newspapers for recipes. I hope one day to organize them.