- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Place baguette pieces in a small bowl, pour milk over it and allow it to sit and soak for 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, mix the beef, sausage, 1/2 of the parsley, 1/2 of the basil and garlic with your hands.
- Squeeze the milk out of the bread with your hands and add it to the meat mixture.
- Add eggs, cheese, ground pinenuts, salt and pepper.
- Mix altogether thoroughly.
- Shape the meatballs into large patties, approximately 3/4 cup each.
- Then roll them into the breadcrumbs.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
- When very hot, fry the meatballs just until the outside is seared on all sides, approximately 5-6 minutes.
- They will not be done in the center.
- Transfer to a baking dish.
- Add a little more olive oil to the same skillet and sautÃ© the mushrooms over medium heat until they start to brown, 10-15 minutes.
- Place cut tomatoes in a medium bowl.
- Squeeze and crush the tomatoes with your hands, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Add the tomatoes to the browned mushrooms and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Pour the tomato mixture over the meatballs, sprinkle with the rest of the parsley and basil.
- Sprinkle with fresh mozzarella.
- Bake for 25-35 minutes or until bubbly and the meatballs are cooked through.
- Serve on top of creamy polenta or buttered pasta noodles.
|Prep Time: 25 minutes|
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Container: 9x13 baking dish, small bowl, large mixing bowl, large skillet
|-||1/2 baguette - torn into small pieces|
|-||1 1/4 cups milk |
|-||1 1/2 pounds ground beef |
|-||1 1/2 pounds Italian sausage - ground|
|-||1/2 bunch parsley - rough chopped|
|-||1/2 bunch basil - rough chopped|
|-||2 cloves garlic - chopped|
|-||1/2 cup olive oil |
|-||4 eggs |
|-||1/2 cup parmesan cheese - shredded|
|-||1/3 cup pine nuts - ground|
|-|| salt and pepper to taste|
|-||1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs|
|-||8 ounces baby bella mushrooms - sliced|
|-||2 pints cherry tomatoes - sliced in half|
|-||1 fresh medium sized ball of mozzarella - cut into small chunks|