- 1 1/4 # chuck
- 1 # pork shoulder, skin trimmed off, leave majority of the fat
- 4 oz smoked bacon
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups of panko
- 1/4-1/2 cup of milk
- 1 white onion, peeled
- 1 small handful of basil
- 1 rosemary stalk
- 1 cup parmesan
- 1/2 cup pecorino
- Cube all meats into 1 1/2 '' pieces. Place on parchment lined sheet tray and freeze for 30 minutes.
- Freeze blade, and die for your grinder.
- Make panade: mix panko with milk and let soak. You can also make your own bread crumbs, I just never have stale bread because I'm addicted to bread and pasture butter.
- Chop basil finely.
- Remove rosemary leaves and chop finely.
- Grate your cheeses.
- Beat your eggs lightly.
- Assemble your grinder. Run the meats though a coarse die once.
- Run the white onion through the grinder.
- Mix meat blend with panade, eggs, herbs, and cheeses.
- Scoop into balls and chill 30 minutes before searing and braising.
- Sear all over until nice and brown.
- Braise in your favorite homemade red sauce for 1 hour.
- Serve with pasta, polenta or good bread. Sprinkle with extra basil and cheese.
Ground Meat rant:
I understand not everyone has a meat grinder at home. However if you're going to eat meat, be conscious about it. Ground meat off a shelf of a supermarket can have something like 100 different carcasses in it. I prefer to grind my own meat. I don't buy cubes either. Get a big slab of chuck so you can be assured that this came from a single animal. A good butcher will be happy and willing to grind a whole piece of meat for you. If this isn't an option, shop else where. Or buy your meat from the green market, and grind it yourself. It's easy, and satisfying. It also leads to creative opportunities to make your own blends for meatballs, burgers etc. It opens up a world of terrines, and experimentation. It's not just a flavor/creativity thing for me, its also a numbers game. The chances of contamination of 100 cows raised in a hell-factory ground all together are so much higher then one single ruby red slab of chuck from a cow who got to run around. Think before you buy, think before you eat.