These meatballs are a terrific snack for parties because they’re baked all at once in the oven instead of being fried in small batches. The spice-and-nut coating adds an enticing crunch.
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1/4 cup blanched hazelnuts
1/4 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup raw shelled pistachios
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons coriander seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 pounds sweet Italian pork sausage, casings removed
Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
1 cup crème fraîche
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
1/2 cup minced mixed fresh herbs, such as parsley, chives, tarragon and
chervil, plus more chervil for garnish
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Freshly ground pepper
How to Make It
Preheat the oven to 400°. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the hazelnuts, almonds and pistachios. Add the pumpkin, sesame, fennel, coriander and cumin seeds and bake for about 10 minutes, stirring once, until lightly toasted. Transfer the nuts and seeds to a food processor and let cool completely. Add a pinch of salt and pulse to coarse crumbs. Spread the spice-and-nut crumbs in a shallow bowl.
Shape the sausage meat into 1½-inch balls and transfer to the baking sheet. Brush the meatballs with olive oil and dredge in the crumbs, pressing lightly to help them adhere. Return the meatballs to the baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes, until firm and cooked through.
In a medium bowl, mix the crème fraîche with the mustard, minced herbs and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Arrange the meatballs on a platter and garnish with chervil. Serve with the mustard sauce alongside.
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