Active Time
1 HR 25 MIN
Total Time
3 HR 40 MIN
Yield
Serves : 6
Christopher Testani

How to Make It

Step 1    

Make the meatballs In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Add the flour; cook over moderate heat, whisking, until a thick paste forms, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the milk and cook until thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape into a large bowl and let cool slightly. Add the chuck, pork, eggs, parsley, wine, garlic, paprika, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper; mix well. Cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours. 


Step 2    

Form the meat mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls. In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Dredge half the meatballs in flour. Cook over moderately high heat, turning, until browned all over, about 
8 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining 
2 tablespoons of oil and meatballs; don’t wipe out the pan.


Step 3    

Make the sauce Grate the tomato halves on the large holes of a box grater set 
in a bowl until only the skins remain; discard the skins. 


Step 4    

Add the onion, carrot, garlic and a generous pinch of salt to the saucepan and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until just starting to brown, about 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes and paprika and simmer over moderate heat until slightly reduced, 
3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the flour, then stir in the wine and brandy and simmer until barely thickened, 5 minutes. Transfer to a blender and puree until very smooth. Return to the saucepan, whisk in the stock and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper. 


Step 5    

Add the meatballs to the sauce, cover and simmer over moderately low heat until cooked through, about 
15 minutes. Uncover and simmer until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the parsley, cover and keep warm over very low heat. 


Step 6    

Meanwhile, make the mushrooms In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil until shimmering. Add half the mushrooms; season with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until browned, 
8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Repeat with the remaining oil and mushrooms. 


Step 7    

Spoon the meatballs and sauce into bowls, top with the mushrooms and serve.

Make Ahead

The meatballs can be refrigerated in the sauce for up to 2 days. Reheat gently and stir in the parsley before serving. 


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