veal meatballs with artichokes and carrots
polpette di vitello con carciofi e carote
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour, 15 minutes
MAKES: 6 servings
This one pot meal of meatballs, artichokes, carrots and potatoes is packed with flavor.
- 1 lemon
- 2 globe artichokes
- 1 large Yukon gold potato, quartered
- 1 1/3 pounds ground veal
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme leaves
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated
- Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 2 tablespoons whole milk
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 1/2 cups beef broth
- 4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths, 1/2 inch thick
- 1 small shallot, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons dry white wine
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
Cut lemon in half. Squeeze juice from 1/2 lemon into a bowl of cold water, then drop squeezed lemon half into water (reserve the other half).
Cut off artichoke stems and discard. Cut off top inch of 1 artichoke with a serrated knife. Bend outer leaves backward until they snap off close to the base, then discard several more layers of leaves in the same manner until you reach pale yellow leaves with pale green tips. Cut off green tips.
Trim dark green fibrous parts from base and sides of artichoke with a small sharp knife, then cut artichoke lengthwise into 8 wedges. Cut out purple leaves and fuzzy choke. Drop wedges into acidulated water. Repeat with remaining artichoke.
In a large skillet, heat 1/4 cup oil over medium-high heat; fry meatballs, in 3 batches, turning occasionally, until well browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes per batch. Transfer to paper towels with a slotted spoon.
Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large high-sided skillet or heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add artichokes, carrots and shallot; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Add wine and broth; bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Add meatballs and continue cooking, gently turning meatballs halfway through, until vegetables are tender and meatballs are cooked through, about 10 minutes.
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