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Mini Meatballs and Mushrooms

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Mini Meatballs and Mushrooms
Polpettini e funghi
by James Belardo

Inspired by those cocktail ‘Swedish’ meatballs that have become all the rage at pot-luck holiday parties we present our version, Mini Meatballs with Mushrooms. This dish can be used for a regular meal or pot-luck dinners.

Ingredients (Meatballs)
1.5 lb Ground beef or veal
1 egg
1/3 onions, diced
1-2 cloves garlic, diced
breadcrumbs (fresh bread)
salt and pepper
Flat-leaf parsley

Ingredients
Cremini Mushrooms, chopped
1/2 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, diced
olive oil
bacon fat
butter
1 cup beef stock
1/4 cup Worcestershire
2 tbsp Zio’s Browning Sauce (beef)
1 tbsp cornstarch
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) – optional
Salt and Pepper to taste
Flat-leaf parsley

Suggested Starch
Brown Rice
Egg Noodles
Roast Potatoes

Directions
1. In 2-3 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp bacon fat, cook the meatballs.
#Homemade Mini #Meatballs & #Mushrooms #CucinaDelloZio - fry the balls

2. When the meatballs are browned on all sides add the onions and Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes). When the onions begin to turn translucent add the diced garlic and cook until tender.
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3. Once the garlic ‘just begins’ to brown, add the mushrooms
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4. add 1 tbsp butter, let melt and add 1 cup of beef stock
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5. 1/4 cup Worcestershire and 2 tbsp Zio’s Browning Sauce
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6. let cook for 5-10 minutes and add salt and pepper if needed (probably doesn’t).

7. Add the tbsp of cornstarch to help thicken the gravy.
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8. Finish with some fresh cut flat-leaf parsley
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Enjoy

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Written by Zio James

December 7, 2015 at 6:13 PM

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