Tuesday, February 07, 2012

This one's for Steven

Mozza balls
So much to say, but I have to catch a plane early early early in the morning and have just taken a sleeping pill and soon will be asleep.

So, very quickly:

We had Nancy Silverton's meatballs for dinner tonight and they are outstanding and also easy, which is not the case with a lot of dishes from Mozza. Soak bread in milk for a few minutes, mix with veal, pork, ground pancetta, eggs, lots of Parmesan, onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Shape into large orbs. Brown in olive oil. Braise for an hour in a mixture of tomato sauce and chicken stock. My husband thinks the meatballs need some spaghetti, but I thought they were perfect as is. These meatballs are tender and spicy and flavorful and deserve your full attention.

Is the recipe worth the price of the book? It might be if you couldn't get it for free right here.

For dessert: butterscotch budino.

Not on my diet, but y'all shamed me into it.

Picture doesn't do the pretty pudding justice.
First, you make a butterscotch pudding that is richer and trickier than the butterscotch pudding in Make the Bread, Buy the Butter, but doesn't taste all that different. You scoop the pudding into individual glasses and chill, then top with a fabulous homemade caramel sauce. Sprinkle with some sea salt and garnish with a scoop of unsweetened whipped cream.

I haven't eaten dessert in months and planned to eat but one wee bite. This was not what transpired.

 oh well
I know I'm supposed to say that it was worth it, that it was soooo good and that I'm not sorry, et cetera, but I can't. It was hard to stop eating this pudding, but it was way too sweet, too heavy, too much. Lacked delicacy. I happen to really love the flavor of plain butterscotch pudding, and felt the caramel sauce smothered it.

The recipe is here, though it's slightly different from the version in the book. For one thing, it calls for rum not Scotch. I'd go with Scotch and skip the caramel sauce.

In fact, I might skip the pudding altogether. But don't skip those meatballs!

Next week: pizza.

57 comments:

  1. I just found your blog recently and I love it! I find myself making all sorts of new recipes, and having some of the same reactions you do... Sometimes the idea of something is great (butterscotch pudding with salted caramel sauce, for example) but then the reality is "eh". A lot of the other food/cooking blogs I read only post about the amazing, to-die-for recipes -- I love that you post ones sometimes that aren't. It's a huge service to us out there, wading through cookbooks and recipes. Thank you! -Gail

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  2. I feel very honored to have my name adorn one of your posts, and I'm happy to hear the dishes I was curious about were outstanding. Thanks so much, Jennifer!

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  3. Oops, I didn't read the last bit of your post carefully before I replied: I see the budino was a bit de trop. I wondered if that might be the case. But I flagged the butterscotch pudding in your book on day one, so I'm planning to make yours instead. (I made the pound cake a couple of weeks ago and loved it.) Oh, and since we're talking pudding, thanks to you I'm hooked on Kozy Shack rice pudding (but not the Kozy Shack tapioca and bread pudding -- ack!)

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  4. Hilary Mosberg2/10/12, 7:45 PM

    Ha Ha - I had the same experience re: Prune (I ordered the same fish) not really knowing anything about it other than my impressions based on the short lived but long missed Restaurant Eloise in Sebastopol opened by Prune ex-pats. I still read the book tho and loved it.
    Hope you get to the high line.

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