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April 06, 2007

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kross-eyed kitty

OMG.
I am definitely going to have to make this. I have fennel seeds in my cupboard that I have been so curious to use in a recipe.
This is the one...it looks devine!

Tanna

Well I don't know Sher, this looks like you're trying to take over the world. Those look just amazingly good. I am really excited to try these. How wonderful that they are baked!
I think the picture of the ingredients is fantastic!

Lydia

Would these work with ground turkey? I'm not a pork person, but turkey often makes a decent substitute. I'd need to add some moisture or fat, I guess, to compensate for the fat in the pork? But I think turkey and fennel would be delicious.

Butta Buns

Heavenly! I think I'll just retire my cookbooks and use your blog as weekly recipe planner. But does the tomato sauce splatter and get all over the inside of the oven as it cooks?

LiberalFoodie

this is wonderful. I am glad you cook as much as you do b/c it gives me an inspiration and a good reminder. For instance, we haven't had meatballs and spaghetti in a long time. I am making this tonight with the tomatoes that must be used. Like Lydia said, I wonder how much difference ground turkey will make? I hope not too much because non beef and pork eaters have to opt for that option for a good meatball.

Kalyn

I love fennel seed, and I'm quite intrigued by the idea of adding ricotta to meatballs. Sounds like a keeper.

BTW, I have the same thing going on about meatballs. Somehow they just taste better than hamburger patties. Why?

Lisa

Ay ay ay! Must make this immediately! I also adore meatballs. And the nice thing is, you can always eat just one more!

aria

mmmmmm meatballs <---homer simpson voice.
there is nothing better than a freezer full of meatballs! i'm jealous.

taboo

sher, is it possible to defrost a few for this weekend's cat blogging??

s'kat

I haven't eaten yet today, but this seems to have kick-started the appetite. Wow!!

Pookah

I love meatballs too! We have them frequently, on spaghetti, in Italian wedding soup, sneaked as a snack when the spouse isn't looking, on sub.....Yours look great! Baked, like I make them and seasoned differently: variety is the "spice" of life. You, photography, on the other hand is fantastic! Wow! How do you do that?

Have a great weekend!

sher

Kross-eyed kitty,

I love fennel, particularly in meat dishes. It adds a beautiful flavor. That's the thing I always love about Italian sausage.


Tanna,


I think we should all try to take over the world--with recipes!!! What a great way to rule, eh? LOL!


Lydia, and LiberalFoodie,

Yes, I think it would work fine with the ground turkey that has white and dark meat in it. I've used it in other ground meat dishes that call for pork. I haven't had as great a success with 100% ground turkey breast. It seems a bit dry me.


ButtaBuns,

No, I'm happy to say that it didn't splatter at all. I used two pans, rather than one, so I'm not sure what happens if it's all in one pan. I used one can of sauce in each pan. It's very easy to make this.


Kalyn,

The meatballs were quite tender, probably due to the ricotta and the bread crumbs. I used fresh bread, so they were nice and soft.


Lisa,

You will want to eat more than one of these. :):) I sure did!


Aria,

Oh yeah!! I feel very secure, knowing I have all those meatballs in my freezer.


Taboo,

Don't tempt me! :):) Actually, I don't think the kitties would want this--but I sure would!


s'kat,

Yes, meatballs will do that! Evil little devils! :)

Pookah,

Meatballs are fun, no doubt about that. I never get tired of finding ways to eat them. Thank you about my pictures. I think most of the credit goes to the nice camera I received for Christmas. I get very close to the food and snap away! :):)

Jenny

Ooh that looks like Monday night's dinner!
Thanks!

Callipygia

Sher it never fails to amaze me how many meatballs there are rolling about in this great big world. These look divine- and ricotta cheese? I never would have thought. Another recipe to bookmark!

Jennifer

Man I am drooling over the thought of these. Yum. I wish I could find pancetta here, but nowhere local sells it! (Or Proscuitto!) This looks wonderful, Sher!

Katie

These looke fantastic! They look incredibly moist. I just used the last of my ricotta, damn. Must buy more!
Really poor planning to freeze them all - they would have been perfect for breakfast, standing in the open fridge, eaten with fingers, naturally.

anne

Hmmm. These look absolutely lovely... and yet, I'm a vegetarian! Maybe I could try them with one of the faux-meat products on the market - Gimme Lean might work. I covet these meatballs, which is quite silly given that meat is supposed to be an anathema to me! We'll call them veggieballs. I'll let you know how it goes.

gattina

I really love putting fennel seeds and pork together! I haven't tried baking meatball (I did mine simming in sauce), got to try!

Kimbo

These look great! I don't see pancetta listed in the ingredients, though. Can you tell us how much and in what form? :)


Thanks!

trishinomaha

I am licking the screen...I am so going to make these next week!

julespeg

Thanks for this recipe. We love the meatball in our house- especially on Sundays. I will make this tomorrow.

I agree with butta buns- I will throw away my cookbooks and just read this amazing blog!

Anh

Sher, this looks absolutely wonderful! I love the addition of fennel seeds here, too. I will try to modify it a bit since I won't take pork. BIf you say it is good, it must be! (I have tried several recipes from you, and all are excellent!)

Susan from Food "Blogga"

Oh, I just love adding fennel to sauce; it adds complexity, doesn't it? What a fantastic recipe this is, Sher!

Boston Chef

These look fantastic - great recipe! With pancetta, no less...! Wonderful. We love fennel too - fennel seeds get their own special spice grinder in our kitchen.. next to the pepper grinder. A must for sausage or meatballs like yours!

valentina

I love this recipe. I grew up drinking a lot of fennel tea made with fennel seeds. it is quite big in Brasill.But just started cookiing with it after moving to the UK.

Amy

Those look really, really good. Definitely saving this recipe. Thanks!

sandeepa

I like the adding of tomatoes to the rosating pan. Shall try with my Chicken Balls and see how it goes

Julie

These really do sound good -- particularly the idea of pancetta and ricotta in the meatballs.

I'll probably use ground turkey too. If you look for the stuff marked 7% fat it will not be dry.

Shawnda

Okay, you win - ricotta in a meatball. I have to make these meatballs for dinner sometime this week!

hottub johnny

1/2 pound sliced bread - how many cups does this equal? I don't have a kitchen scale, so I have no idea how many slices equals 1/2 pound.

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