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Chef Gianluca Deiana Abis: Sicilian Meatballs

Updated: Dec 27, 2022

Prep. time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Serve: 6


1 lb Ground Beef

1/2 lb Ground Pork Sausage

3 tbsp Pine Nuts, toasted

3 tbsp Raisins, chopped

2/3 cup Dry Breadcrumbs

1/2 cup Milk

2 Eggs

1/3 cup Pecorino Cheese, grated

1/4 White Onion, chopped

2 Clove Garlic, minced

1/4 cup Parsley, chopped

Salt qb

Black Pepper qb

Ingredients for tomato sauce:

21/2 lb San Marzano's tomatoes

3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sea salt qb

8 Basil leaves


To prepare tomato sauce first you need wash the tomatoes very well, then dry them. Cut in half each tomato, remove the seeds and the part that was attach to the stem. Now place the tomatoes in a sauce pan at low heat turning them occasionally, until they are wilted. Now pass the tomatoes in to a puree (with a , pour the mixture into a smaller pot and put back with the olive oil and the salt over high heat until the desired density. Once the sauce is ready add the basil.

To prepare meatballs: Combine all ingredients together until well mixed. Don't use a spoon--that tends to compact the mixture as you stir and results in dense, hard meatballs. Instead, use your fingers and lightly mix ingredients together. Form meatballs with your hands or a scoop, again using a light touch--don't mash them together any more than is necessary for the shape to hold.

Place the meatballs in the tomato sauce, cover and cook for 20 minutes over medium-low heat, turning them a few times during cooking. Uncover and continue cooking for 10 minutes or until cooked through.

Chef tips:

This is the base for the tomatoes sauce. Sauté onions or garlic to make the sauce tastier.

I love to add some béchamel sauce in my meatballs mixture (just half a cup), you see how good they will be!


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