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Appetizer Meatballs Wrapped in Crisp Spaghetti

Magazine article Sunset

Appetizer Meatballs Wrapped in Crisp Spaghetti

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Appetizer meatballs wrapped in crisp spaghetti

Spaghetti and meatballs take on a new look in this variation. Instead of swimming in a sauce, the noodles are wrapped around meat flavored with Italian seasonings, then fried to make a crisp coat. Dip the meatballs in sauce for appetizers.

Italian Meatballs with Spaghetti Coats

Water

4 ounces dry vermicelli or spaghetti

1 pound ground lean beef

1/2 cup minced onion

2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced

1 teaspoon dry basil

1/2 teaspoon dry oregano leaves

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 egg

About 1/2 teaspoon salt

Salad oil

About 1 cup heated homemade or purchased marinara sauce

In a 3- to 4-quart pan, bring about 2 quarts water to boiling. Add noodles and cook until barely tender to bite, 8 to 10 minutes. Rinse well and drain. Set aside. Mix together the beef, onion, garlic, basil, oregano, pepper, cornstarch, egg, and salt until well blended. …

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