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Renee's Gravy and Meatballs

Renee calls it "gravy," I call it "sauce." We both call it delicioso! You will too.
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Ingredients

 

Gravy

Olive Oil – A couple of tablespoons.

2 Cloves of garlic, chopped

Big can San Marzano Tomatoes

Salt – Tablespoon,  Oregano (dry) – Couple of teaspoons, White Wine- ½ cup, Crushed Red Pepper – to taste

 Meatballs

Veal, Pork, Beef- a pound of each

6 eggs (2 eggs per pound)

2 Cloves of garlic- Finely chopped

Parsley – Nice handful – chopped

Fresh Italian bread crumbs – 1 cup ++

Salt & Pepper to taste

Cheese- Reggiano/Parmesan, freshly grated- 1 to 11/2 cups

 

 

Directions

 

 Gravy

Immersion blender tomatoes

Golden garlic in olive oil.

Simmer 30 minutes

Meatballs

When frying meatballs-  Canola or Vegetable Oil

Paper towels absorb the grease  don’t fry all the way through.

Let it finish in the gravy.

Set aside.

 

Comments

  1. Connie (Concetta) Giarratano  Alongi's avatar

    Connie (Concetta) Giarratano Alongi

    I just watched Renee making Sunday Dinner. All authentic, yes, but that maddening word - gravy - ugh!!!! My parents arrived from Canicatti, Sicily, in 1907. I am the 10th of 11 children, born in 1933. We lived in various parts of NYC, last in the Bronx, and finally, New Jersey. This "gravy" term was most despised by all of us "TRUE" New York Italians!!! Also, we never had anything remotely resembling a jalapeno, now any red pepper in the SAUCE/SALSA/SUGO! My grandmother actually was sent to a cooking school in Palermo by the 'baron's wife, so my Sicilian culinary roots are impeccable!
  2. Antoinette's avatar

    Antoinette

    I agree with Connie. My parents came here from Italy and settled in South Philly and we were surrounded by other newly arrived Italian relatives. None of them called it 'gravy", ever. I remember the first time I heard someone call it "gravy" (as an adult). . . I thought they must be confused. Anyway, Maryann diplomatically tried to correct her. But I guess it's what Renee grew up hearing. Her meatball recipe is authentic and I loved her reaction to tasting one . . . I'm the same. I can tell Renee is a fabulous cook and a treasure for her family.
  3. Joseph H. Brown's avatar

    Joseph H. Brown

    "Red gravy" for "tomato sauce" is usually a southern thing. I'm from New Jersey, and I didn't encounter it until we moved to southeast Louisiana.
  4. Marian Vicze's avatar

    Marian Vicze

    It is called gravy inthe Massachusetts, and other surrounding areas. As long as the 'gravy' is delicious, call it either gravy or sauce. I make it with pork spare ribs instead of lamb. Loved the video, fun!
  5. Adele's avatar

    Adele

    No “Ugh’s” here re sauce vs gravy. Half my family called it gravy and half called it sauce but the main thing is/was, the gravy side made it with much more meat, aka GRAVY. The Sicilian side made it more pommarola. So look at it this way and stop snooting up your noses: ragù is meat sauce, translated it’s gravy. Just eat it for goodness sake!
  6. Adele's avatar

    Adele

    No “Ugh’s” here re sauce vs gravy. Half my family called it gravy and half called it sauce but the main thing is/was, the gravy side made it with much more meat, aka GRAVY. The Sicilian side made it more pommarola. So look at it this way and stop snooting up your noses: ragù is meat sauce, translated it’s gravy. Just eat it for goodness sake! Grown in NY, living in South Philly. Louisiana has nothing to do with it
  7. Adele's avatar

    Adele

    No “Ugh’s” here re sauce vs gravy. Half my family called it gravy and half called it sauce but the main thing is/was, the gravy side made it with much more meat, aka GRAVY. The Sicilian side made it more pommarola. So look at it this way and stop snooting up your noses: ragù is meat sauce, translated it’s gravy. Just eat it for goodness sake! Grown in NY, living in South Philly. Louisiana has nothing to do with it
  8. Amanda Albert's avatar

    Amanda Albert

    Red gravy is the term used exclusively in south east Louisiana. Ive never heard it elsewhere but here. However it is truly delicious
  9. Victoria's avatar

    Victoria

    Made these oval meatballs after watching video. They are amazing!!! I used tomato purée from glass bottles, made in Italy, added good red wine to it, fried onion, garlic, fresh herbs... This tomato “gravy” is fantastic!

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