Nan’s Food Revolution Sougo & Meatballs to DIE For

October 20th, 2011 1 Comment Tags: , , ,

Me and my bella familia call my Mom “Nan”. She makes a sougo to die for and meatballs that send you to Heaven. I have been on the “b-team” in the sougo department for decades now. So after hitting the 25 year of marriage mark, I figured, ok, let’s take it up a notch and have another cooking session with Nan and get it right once and for all!!

pork shoulder, cut meat into chunks, remove visible fat (can use sausage or pork ribs instead)

For Meatballs
2 pounds ground veal
2 pounds ground pork
4 eggs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 tsp each salt
1 tsp ground pepper
1 Tbsp garlic powder (NOT garlic salt)
1 Tbsp dried parsley

For Sougo
1/2 cup white wine
3 – 22 oz bottles stewed tomatoes
3 – 400mL cans diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1 Tbsp dried basil
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp pepper
1 Tbsp crushed garlic (or dried pieces)
1 Tbsp sugar

In a large pot (like the one in the photo) add canola oil to the bottom and heat up. Brown the pork pieces and shoulder to 3/4 doneness, then remove, and set aside. Turn the heat off and remove the pot from the hot element.

In a large bowl add all of the ingredients for the meatballs. Using your sparkling clean, sanitized hands combine all of the meatball ingredients until mixed thoroughly. Set the bowl aside and wash your hands.

In the large pot, add the wine and pork shoulder and turn the heat to medium high and allow to simmer 1-2 minutes. Then add all of the ingredients for the sougo and stir; having it reach a strong simmer. Wash and dry your hands again, then roll the meatballs, putting them on a clean plate. Add them gently one-by-one into the simmering sougo to cook. Add the partially cooked pieces of pork, then cover the pot completely and allow to simmer for 1 hour. And voila, Nan’s secret recipe for Sougo & Meatballs to DIE For. Ready to boil up the pasta of your choice, win over family, influence friends and add a proverbial notch to your “cooking belt” like a Michelin Guide Star!!

Funny, I thought our session would be a long complicated, messy affair and it was easier than pie!! It was a great time to catch up together, nab a few of her famous biscotti that I have run out of and learn this family recipe once and for all!!

Indy’s famous last words regarding my cooking prowess many years ago was “…gee, I thought after so many years you’d learn to cook more like Nan…” Ahh yes, spouse’s subtleties. I’ll earn the hero sandwich on this front from this day forward!!

I have enjoyed my Mom’s cooking my entire life. But eating her sougo and meatballs tastes like true loving, like no other dish that only a Mother can give. I’m sure when you give this recipe a try you’ll see what I mean.

Thanks for your help Mom, next stop Braised Ribs :-)

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  1. [...] of a fine dish or two! I heard she did some mentoring with my grown nephews and nieces on the her sougo and meatballs extraordinaire last week. She is on a [...]

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