the meatball shop

Z asked for a cookbook.  Sort of.  Ok, well, maybe he didn’t but he did say, ‘We could cook through this one.’ in reference to a cookbook we saw during a recent trip to Barnes and Noble.  It is written by a couple of guys that started a kind of fast casual, come backoften meatball shop in New York.  They wanted accessible and affordable food.  So, all things being the same, I secretly ordered him a copy for his birthday.  He is impossible to surprise and always knows his gifts with unnerving accuracy.  He got some baking pans and a piece of Lego art from Etsy too.   He didn’t guess any of them this year.  The book is The Meatball Shop Cookbook and is chock full of meatballs of every flavor but only one shape.  Tonight we tried the very first one, the basic meatball in the basic sauce.  I oven roasted the balls and then smothered them in sauce to finish and served over spaghetti noodles finished in the sauce.  A sprinkle of parmesan and a small green salad with some bright vinaigrette on the side.  The meatballs were tender and moist (yeah, I said moist) and like their name, basic.  I followed the recipe and would add more red pepper flakes if I made them again.   I’m looking forward to the varieties and trying not to be scared.  Thai inspired, buffalo chicken or goat anyone?

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