Everyone loves spaghetti and meatballs, don’t they? I do too, but I like to play around with different approaches — always trying to make it lighter, healthier and a little more modern.
Many people quibble about whether to add cheese or not on pasta dishes with fish. I don’t believe in sticking to other people’s rules. I say ‘go with what you enjoy’. In this case I added cheese.
This was a relatively simple dish to prepare. The roasting of the fresh tomatoes and the addition of sweet red pepper to the sauce balanced the acidity and added a complementary flavor to the salmon.
Polpettes di Salmone (Salmon Meatballs) in a Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Sauce
Author: Joan Nova, aka FOODalogue
- skinned and diced fresh salmon fillets
- salt and pepper
- handful of chopped parsley
- chopped red onion
- roasted garlic cloves
- beaten egg
- panko crumbs (Italian seasoned)
- plum tomatoes
- red bell pepper
- olive oil
- Roast whole tomatoes and quartered pepper with a couple of cloves of garlic in olive oil for about an hour.
- Cool, then puree with a little of the oil from the roasting pan.
- Carefully peel skin from salmon with sharp knife and dice fish.
- Add and mix salt + pepper, beaten egg, onions, roasted garlic clove, grated cheese, parsley and panko crumbs.
- Shape meatballs and sprinkle additional panko on top.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes before baking.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, turning a few times.
- While pasta is cooking, add polpettes to sauce and simmer for about 10 minutes with a few pieces of torn basil.
NOTE: Some recipes found on FOODalogue are offered without ingredient quantities. They're meant as a guide to food pairings and techniques to be experimented with … in your own kitchen … to your own spice and taste levels … to your preferred portion sizes … and to however many people you’re cooking for.
A perfect meal has multiple levels of flavor and textures, bright colors and tastes, and healthy(ish) choices. It's all about enjoyment. Enjoy the process, the presentation and the just rewards...eating!