Tuesday, June 30, 2009

RAOs Famous Meatballs make a wonderful Dish for all to enjoy at home and impress your dinner guests.

RAOs is known throughout the world as a legendary New York and now Las Vegas Restaurant and the Pellegrino family is amongst the culinary family elite.

One of the dishes that made the 110 year old RAOs in New York famous is their meatballs. We have have the pleasure of dinning at RAOs and we can see why these meatballs are so loved. Chef Carla Pellegrino is always willing to talk to the guests and recently conducted a cooking demonstration at Whole Foods Market to coincide the the launch of their signature wines in Las Vegas.

The Cuisineist Kitchens recently used the RAOs MeatBall Recipe and found it to be user friendly and produced a delicious dish that can be used as an entree or appetizer.


by RAOs

• 1 pound lean ground beef
• Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

• 1 pound ground pork
• 2 cups plain dry bread crumbs

• 1 1/2 cloves garlic
• 2 cups water, room temperature

• 2 large eggs
• 1 cup olive oil

• 1 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano
• Cooked Pasta , (optional)

• Rao's Marinara Sauce from Whole

• 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian Foods Market

1. In a large bowl, combine beef and pork using your hands. Mince 1/2 clove garlic and add to meat mixture along with the eggs, cheese, and parsley-, season with salt and pepper. Continue mixing with your hand until well combined. Add bread crumbs and mix well. Add water, 1 cup at a time, and continue mixing until mixture is quite moist.

2. Shape mixture into 2 1/2-to-3-inch balls. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Smash remaining clove of garlic with the back of a knife and add to skillet. Cook until lightly browned and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes-, remove with a slotted spoon and discard. Working in batches, add meatballs to skillet. Cook until browned and cooked through, turning, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.

Meanwhile, bring marinara sauce to a boil in a large nonreactive saucepan. Reduce heat to simmer and add meatballs. Let meatballs cook in sauce about 20 minutes, serve immediately with pasta ( if desired )

Enjoy this famous recipe and many thanks to the Pellegrino family , BON APPETIT !

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