Sunday, February 23, 2014

Carmela Soprano's Grilled Meatball and Sausage Skewers

I first mentioned Grilled Meatball and Sausage Skewers in Autumn 2010.
Back in my carefree with the details era.
It's your basic shish kebob.
Still, some folks like measurements.

The recipe is in the Adult Birthday Parties chapter in Entertaining with The Sopranos.
If the winter weather is getting to you, have a barbecue.
Well, no not really.
But you could prepare this, along with a salad, and pretend.
And it’s a handy recipe to have in the summer

Again with the ground sirloin!  


                        Grilled Meatball and Sausage Skewers

Serves 8

Soak 8 long bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes.

Have on hand
16 bay leaves

Cut each into 8 wedges
2 medium red onions

Cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound hot or sweet Italian-style pork sausages

Thoroughly soak in a large bowl 
1/2 Cup plain dry bread crumbs
1/2 Cup water
1 pound ground beef sirloin
1/2 Cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino Romano
1/4 Cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 large egg, beaten
1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste
Mix well with your hands.
Rinse your hands with cool water.
Shape the mixture into 1 1/2-inch meatballs.

Alternate the onions, meatballs, bay leaves and sausages pieces on the skewers.
Cover and chill the prepared skewers 30 minutes to allow the meatballs to firm up.

Prepare a medium hot charcoal fire or preheat the broiler.
Brush the grill rack with
olive oil
Place the grill rack 4 inches from the heat.
Place the skewers on the grill rack or the broiler pan.
Grill about 6 minutes.
Carefully turn the skewers and grill about 5 minutes more.
Serve hot.

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