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Posted on Reddit by BushyEyes, who writes,

"The other night, I decided to, for whatever reason, cook meatballs from scratch at 11 at night. I still don't really know why, but I've been enjoying them all week so I'm really glad I did!

These spicy ricotta meatballs take some time to make, but you'll end up with about 25 meatballs to add to your favorite sauce and pasta or for an amazing spicy meatball sub.

I use basket ricotta cheese because it's less watery, so I recommend using that if you can find it. If not, you may need to strain off some of the excess liquid in the ricotta cheese (or strain it overnight). If your meatballs seem too soft, add a bit more breadcrumbs. I ended up using about 1/2 cup, but it depends on a lot of different factors. The biggest thing is to not over-mix the meatballs or over-roll them. Make sure they seem like they'll hold together but aren't too dry.

This recipe is mostly focused on the meatballs, but I did incl. my recipe for a simple sauce below as well!

GRADE
Makes: About 25 meatballs
Cost: $$
Skill Level: Easy
Time to Make: 2 hours 20 minutes (1 hour 20 minutes inactive)

INGREDIENTS FOR SPICY RICOTTA MEATBALLS

1 pound lean ground beef (I used grass-fed, 90/10!)

1/2 pound spicy Italian sausage (casings removed)

1/2 pound ground pork

1/2 cup basket ricotta cheese

1/3 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese

1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves

1/2 cup loosely packed parsley leaves

1 red Fresno chili pepper (more or less to taste, or, use crushed red pepper to taste)

6 garlic cloves

2 eggs

1/3 cup bread crumbs (plus more, if necessary)

2 tablespoons olive oil

SAUCE

1 yellow onion

4 cloves garlic

1-2 red Fresno chili peppers (depending on your spice preference)

1/2 cup chicken stock

3 14.5-ounce cans of fire-roasted crushed tomatoes



To see the rest of the ingredients and the recipe, click on the link below!


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I am inspired! Thank you. Smaller puzzle please Mischka 100 give or take

Donnajames

Not really into ricotta cheese, but the rest does sound very yummy. dj

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