Devoting an entire day to hand rolling perfectly round meatballs and building layers upon layers of robust flavor in a gravy sounds just lovely. You may pour a glass of wine, put on some music, and float around your kitchen in a euphoric state of culinary delight. Reality check, that’s adorable, but you don’t have time. It's a weeknight, traffic sucked, one kid is screaming, the dog is hungry, another kid is crying, spouse is working late, both kids are dirty, and you’re out of wine. There is still hope for this type of night, and success is in the hands of these meatballs, and maybe see if your neighbor has wine.
- Meat ballin’ - Place a large pan over med-high heat. Coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil. Grab your ground beef and dump it into a large bowl. To the bowl, add ricotta cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix with your hands to combine. Form into balls, about ping-pong sized, add them to your pan, and allow them to brown.
- Gravy time - Grab 3 of your garlic cloves, bust them open with something heavy. Peel them and toss them into the pan, no need to chop it up. Flip your meatballs real quick. Next, add the tomatoes to the pan and let the meatballs cook in the tomatoes, making the gravy.
- Kale time - Grab another large pan, place it over med-high heat, and drizzle with olive oil. Grab your kale and use your knife to shave it down, stems and all. Add the stems to your hot pan. Next, toss the remaining garlic cloves into your mortar and pestle (paper too), bust them up, and add them to the kale. If you’re adding chilies or anchovy, add them to the kale as well. Add the remaining kale leaves and hit the pan with some water to help steam the veg and break it down faster. Season with salt. Cover with a lid and let cook a few more minutes.
- Wrap it up - Check a meatball for doneness. Grab a plate! Heap a pile of kale in the center of your plate (avoid the garlic paper when plating). Top with meatballs and ladle with gravy. Grate some parm over the top and serve!
- Hot Tip! Gettin’ steamy - When sauteing veg, hit the pan with a bit of water and cover, allowing the steam to break it all down.