Inspired by a cocktail meatball from the Stone Road Grille in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario (Canada) served at a wine and food pairing event, these larger-sized meatballs stand up to sturdier pastas like bucatini... —Mardi Michels
g pork shoulder, diced into 1" pieces
dried minced garlic
chopped fresh parsley
chopped fresh thyme leaves
chopped fresh oregano
freshly grated parmesan
salt and pepper, to taste
tomato sauce (homemade or high quality jarred)
For the pork: Mix the pork with the garlic, shallot, parsley, thyme and oregano. Cover and place in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, placing in the freezer for the last 30 minutes. Use the Kitchen Aid meat grinding attachment to grind the meat and herbs together. Now use the paddle attachment, add the wine to the minced meat and combine for about a minute.
For the meatballs: Preheat the oven to 350F.
Add the breadcrumbs, cream and parmesan to the meat and combine well. Using your hands, form meatballs. This amount made 25 decent sized ones or about 50 smaller ones.
Brown meatballs in a heavy skillet or frying pan in olive oil then place in an oven-proof dish. Cover with the tomato sauce. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30-45 minutes (longer for the larger sized meatballs). Serve over cooked spaghetti or bucatini.