Sunday, April 18, 2010

What I Made for Dinner: April 18, 2010

Meatballs and tomato sauce.

I will always remember the first time my Aunt Heather made me tomato sauce. I was used to eating our family's traditional four-hour Sunday gravy. That sauce is delicious to be sure, thick, deep and unctuous, filled with meat, but it's easy to forget that it started out as tomatoes. Then one day, I was probably eight years old, we had dinner with Heather and her family and she made a fresh tomato sauce. I was a little skeptical. It had chunks of tomato. Chunks, I don't know . . . and it was spectacular. Fresh, bright, tomatoey--well.

(My Aunt Heather is just a marvelous cook. So are all my aunts, actually. And my mom. And my grandmother, before she lost her palate to age and the hypertension patient's terror of salt. So it runs in the family, and also I have a lot to live up to.)

Tonight, I tried to make something along the lines of that fresh sauce. I used canned whole tomatoes (San Marzano! From Target!) and stewed them with browned meatballs, white wine, a quartered onion, and some whole garlic cloves for about an hour. I removed the onion and garlic before serving. It was much like my memory of Heather's sauce, years ago. And the boys ate up every. single. meatball.


  1. I'm glad you put where you got the toms. I've looked for them everywhere and never have luck. I don't shop at Target a lot but will be headed there this week! Thanks.

  2. Sounds awesome! I always make my meatballs and sauce with hand crushed San Marzano tomatoes. I drool over the huge can of them at Costco every weekend. I should just buy it....