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Braised Rosemary Meatballs with Fig, Endive and Frisée Salad

A twist on traditional meatballs, these channel Mediterranean flavors with a ground beef and lamb mixed with aromatic rosemary. Here, breadcrumbs are swapped out for almond meal and Greek yogurt, keeping the meatballs both tender and gluten-free. While the meatballs braise in a delicious tomato sauce, you’ll prepare a beautiful side salad of endive and frisée that is balanced with sweet dried figs and tangy balsamic vinegar. All of it comes together for a perfect meal that is rich in flavor and comforting, but not heavy.

Our take on meatballs, braising away while listening to some really good music.

Bologna, Italy, is where I first learned the formula of braising with herbs.   The cookware you use can really determine how much heat and steam is convected within the cooking process.  Clay and ceramic are usually favored.

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Our Wild take on a meatball, braising away with herbs and tomatoes.

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