Sep. 27th, 2013

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The Red Spider Planetary Nebula

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1 hour, 45 minutes. Serves 10

3 to 4 slices (3.2 ounces) stale bread
3/4 pound ground beef
1/3 pound ground lamb
1 egg
1/2 small onion, finely grated
1 to 2 cloves garlic, mashed, plus 2 cloves sliced, divided
1 to 2 bunches dill, stems removed and sprigs chopped (about 1/3 cup), plus 2 to 3 (2/3 ounce) bunches dill, sprigs only, divided
About 3/4 bunch parsley (2 1/2 ounces), stems removed and chopped (about 1/4 cup)
1 1/2 bunches basil (2/3 ounce), stemmed and leaves chopped (about 1/3 cup)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
About 8 1/2 cups (2 liters) chicken broth, more as desired
Scant 1 cup (7 1/2 ounces, 220 milliliters) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 pounds boiled potatoes, diced to walnut-sized pieces.
40 pearl onions, peeled
5 egg yolks
Juice and zest of 2 lemons
5 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
14 ounces Swiss chard, stemmed and leaves torn
1 pound, 1 1/2 ounces (500 grams) sugar snap peas
Sea salt, for garnish
Fresh basil and dill, for garnish
Extra-virgin olive oil, for garnish

1. Soak the bread in water until softened, about 5 minutes, then drain, squeezing out any water. Remove the crust and place in a large bowl. Stir in the ground beef, lamb and egg, along with the onion, mashed garlic, chopped dill, parsley and basil, one-half plus one-eighth teaspoon salt and one-quarter teaspoon pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes.

2. Form the mixture into golf ball-size pieces and set aside. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

3. Bring the chicken broth to a boil. Reduce to a gentle simmer and season to taste.

4. Heat a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add three-fourths cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons (200 ml) olive oil and saute the potatoes just until crisp on the outside, 10 to 15 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the potatoes to the broth to finish cooking until tender. Likewise, saute the pearl onions until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes, then add to the chicken broth to continue cooking until tender.

5. Fry the meatballs, in batches as necessary, until browned, 8 to 10 minutes per batch. Place the meatballs on a rimmed baking sheet and continue cooking in the oven until the meatballs are cooked through, about 5 minutes.

6. Prepare the liaison: Blend together the egg yolks, lemon juice and zest, one-fourth teaspoon salt, a few grinds pepper and sliced garlic using an immersion blender. Slowly add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons (20 ml) olive oil in a stream, then the remaining dill sprigs and tahini, to form a smooth liaison. Add a ladleful of hot broth to the liaison while beating to temper it. Taste and adjust the seasoning as desired.

7. Add the Swiss chard, sugar snap peas and meatballs to the chicken broth in the pot (add extra chicken broth if needed to cover) and bring to a boil to heat everything through. When the broth is boiling, remove the pot from the heat and gently whisk in the tahini liaison so it does not curdle.

8. Serve immediately in warmed bowls, garnished with a sprinkling of sea salt, fresh basil and dill, and a drizzle of olive oil.

Nutrition per serving: 531 calories; 18 g protein; 36 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 36 g fat; 7 g saturated fat; 144 g cholesterol; 6 g sugar; 1,121 mg sodium



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