Now back at home and reunited with my camera. Time for a post!
Dinner last night was a success. I had planned on doing what is fast becoming a standby meal in our household: pasta tossed with garlic oil, Parmesan, peas, and ham. A darn good meal by any most standards. Last night though, we improvised, and were pleasantly rewarded with deliciousness.
It started with some turkey that we had defrosted but didn't know what to do with. Hmmm... a quick stop by the neighborhood store on my way home and home at last with some Italian sausage, snow peas, and a plan!
1 box pasta, something chunky. not angelhair
1/2 lb turkey
1/4 lb mild Italian sausage
a few handfuls of Chinese snow peas
some fresh grated parmesan
fresh mozzarella balls
fresh minced garlic
whatever other spices you like
1. Start a pot of water boiling, throw a little salt, olive oil (helps prevent sticking), and garlic in there if you are a fancy bastard like me. Turn on your pan to medium to start getting it hot
2. Take 1/2lb of ground turkey and throw it in a bowl with 1/4lb of mild italian sausage (or hot if you so prefer). I am a spice nazi, so if you like to keep it simple just throw some garlic/salt/pepper in with the meat. My take on the spice consisted of: fresh minced garlic, fresh minced basil, onion powder, salt, pepper, rosemary, oregano, celery seed, fennel seed, and cayenne pepper. Personally I crushed all the dried spices in the ol' mortar, but you could leave it chunky if you prefer.
Now get your hands dirty and mix it all together. Stop making icky faces, this is the fun part! Roll into small balls
3. Clean the snow peas (treat like green beans, pick the ends, and remove any stringy bits), and set them in a steamer.
4. Once you water is boiling throw in your pasta, set your peas to steam for 10 minutes, crank the heat on your pre-heated pan up to medium-high, and set the meatballs in.
5. Once pasta is done (about ten minutes) strain, and place in large bowl. Throw in your mozzarella balls immediately (so they can melt and get all yummy). Then throw in your snow peas and meatballs as they finish. Throw in some fresh-grated parmesan and let sit for a minute or two. The cheese should be all melty when you stir it around. If it isn't you can wait, or take the impatient route and microwave it (like it did!).
6. Throw on a plate with some bread, get out the camera, and try not to take blurry photos as your mouth pines to do nothing other than consume the food as quickly as possible.