Jamie’s Bad Day Spicy Meatballs


Ever have one of those days where you just need some feel good food that makes both your heart and your taste buds happy? My friend Jamie sent me this recipe for just that. I made it on a Monday and it was just what the day needed. I mean really… who doesn’t feel better after spaghetti and meatballs? Especially ones filled with basil and spicy Italian sausage.

1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan
1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup white onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup packed fresh basil, chopped
19 oz package spicy Italian sausage links

1) Preheat oven to 350.
2) Mix together the 5 ingredients in a large bowl.
3) Remove sausage from their casings and add to bowl. Stir in basil and mix together well with your hands.
4) Grease a baking sheet and form meatballs (makes around 18-20).
5) Bake for 20 minutes and serve with spaghetti and marinara, or some veggies and fresh bread. And feel better!


Thai Basil Chicken



I love Thai food. Love love love Thai food. There are a few dishes at some local Thai restaurants that I keep trying to duplicate but I’ve not had much luck. This is the closest I’ve come and it was so stinkin’ good. Tasted like the real thing! The key is the Thai chili peppers and the fish sauce. And a boatload of basil!

1 /2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 to 2 inch pieces
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp water
1 1/2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp canola oil
1 large white onion, thinly sliced
4 fresh Thai chiles, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups basil leaves

1) In a large ziplock bag, marinate chicken with fish sauce, soy sauce, water, and sugar. Let marinate for abut 30 minutes.
2) In a wok, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add chiles, garlic, and cook for 1 more minute.
3) With a slotted spoon, remove chicken from marinade and add to the wok (don’t throw away the marinade). Cook until chicken is done, for about 5 minutes or more. Add marinade back in and cook for one more minute.
4) Turn off heat and stir in 1 1/2 cups basil. Serve topped with 1/2 cup basil. Try with coconut rice!



Adapted from Food and Wine.