Monday, August 2, 2010

Meatball Contest

I don't want to brag but I did win the meatball contest at Cameron Hughes Wine headquarters.  I was running against a New Jersey Italian with roots south of Naples and a young  hotshot Chef.  I mixed a concoction of ingredients from my old Sicilian ancestors' recipes.  Then made an awesome sauce to go with it; we call it gravy instead of sauce.  Wine to go with this - Lot 161 is my favorite on  It's a Meritage with 50% cab, 40% cab franc and 10% Merlot.  I love this because the cab comes from a very expensive wine program and I love cab franc.  A perfect match with this hearty, spicy, Sicilian sauce (gravy).  I have to admit, the other meatball submission were good too.  All the meatballs entries tasted different because of the different meats and ingredients used.  Mine was 1/2 ground veal, 1/2 ground beef stuffed with a cube of smoked mozzarella.