Breaded Veal Meatballs with Vodka Sauce
1 pound ground veal, thawed (may substitute with grass-fed beef)
1/4 cup whole milk ricotta
1/4 cup finely grated carrot
2 small green onions, thinly sliced
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon organic garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste
Fresh Italian parsley, chopped (garnish)
Breading for Meatballs:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 cups plain panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup freshly grated Romano cheese
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place a wire rack inside the foil lined baking sheet and coat the rack with cooking spray; set aside.
In a large bowl, combine meatball ingredients. Form mixture into meatballs, about 1 inch in diameter; set aside.
To bread meatballs, three bowls will be needed. In a first medium bowl, add flour. In a second medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. In a third medium bowl, add bread crumbs, Romano cheese and melted butter; stir to combine. Dust each meatball with flour, dip in egg wash, and coat with bread crumbs. Place breaded meatballs on wire rack and cook until done, about 30 minutes.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1/2 cup vodka
1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
1/4 teaspoon organic garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 (28 oz.) can whole tomatoes, drained
1/4 cup freshly grated Romano
1/2 cup whipping cream, warmed
For Vodka Sauce:
Add olive oil to a large sauté pan, and heat over medium heat. Add onions and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add vodka, basil, salt, vanilla extract, oregano, garlic powder and pepper; cook until reduced by half.
Place whole tomatoes in container of food processor or electric blender. Add reduced sauce mixture; cover and process or blend until smooth. Pour mixture into a large saucepan and place over medium heat.
Add grated Romano cheese and cream; stir until thoroughly combined. Simmer for 3 minutes, or until heated through. Serve vodka sauce with meatballs.
Serve Vodka Sauce with other family favorites. Drain cooked pasta and toss with Vodka sauce and fresh basil.
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