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Italian Meatball Sliders

Serves four with 2 sliders each. Add 1/2 cup of 09 Syrah to the sauce, or drink with the dish!

Ingredients:
1 lb Organic ground beef
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1 medium egg
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 Tbsp Olive oil
2/3 cup chopped red onion
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup fresh Basil leaves
1  28oz can whole peeled tomatoes
(8) Small soft rols
 
Assemble all ingredients
 

Mix meat, bread crumbs, water, 6 Tbsp cheese, egg, Parsley, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

Form into (8) 2" meatballs
 

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

 
Fry meatballs until brown all over
Transfer to a plate, pour off drippings from skillet, and reduce heat to medium - low.
 

Add olive oil to skillet. 

Add onion, garlic and basil.

Saute until  onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes.
 
Add all tomatoes with juices.
Bring to a boil, scraping up all browned bits from skillet
Reduce heat to low, and cover with lid, slightly ajar.
Simmer, stirring occasionally for approx 30 minutes
 
Have a glass  of wine, help the kids with homework, or maybe even enjoy a serenade!..haha
 
Puree sauce in food processor, and return to pan along with cooked meatballs

Cover with lid and simmer until meatballs are cooked through, approx 20 minutes


Place arugula leaves on bottom of each roll, and top with one meatball. 

Drizzle meatballs with remaining sauce and sprinkle with grated cheese

 
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