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Parmesan Meringue Clouds and Meatballs

Parmesan Meringue Clouds and Meatballs

Hope this dish reminds you of the kids movie, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!"
Course Main Course, meat, Side Dish
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Frying pan

Ingredients
  

Parmesan Meringue Clouds

  • 3 egg whites save egg yolks for meatballs
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan Cheese

Meatballs – Yield: ~48 meatballs

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 lb hot Italian sausage meat
  • 2 cloves minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried cumin
  • 2 eggs + 3 egg yolks from meringues
  • 2/3 cup dried ground breadcrumbs
  • 6 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup milk

Sauce

  • 3 cups tomato/ pasta sauce

Instructions
 

Parmesan Meringue Clouds

  • Lay piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  • With an electric mixer and clean medium bowl, whip egg whites and cream of tarter until soft peaks.
  • Add sugar and whip eggs to stiff peaks.
  • Sprinkle parmesan cheese and gently fold into meringue, (avoid deflating the bubbles)
  • Use two spoons to scoop onto a parchment laid baking sheet. No need to form into any shape, the difference in shape (and size) makes it look like a cloud.
  • Bake at 300F until golden on the edges, about 25 minutes.

Meatballs

  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients for meatballs with your hands or rubber spatula.
  • Wrap with plastic wrap and place into fridge for flavors to meld for at least 30 minutes up to 1 day.
  • Scoop 1/4 cup rounds of meat and roll onto baking sheet. Alternatively, I used an ice cream scoop and large tablespoon to round the meatballs.
  • On medium heat and a large non-stick frying pan, cook meatballs on one side until brown and place lid on frying pan to cook the meatballs for about 5 minutes. Roll onto another side to brown and continue to rotate. Takes about 10-15 minutes to brown and cook a batch of meatballs until internal temperature is 145F.
  • Cook another batch of meatballs until complete,

Final Plate Assembly

  • Warm pasta sauce and ladle into the middle of a plate or large bowl.
  • Lay 4-5 meatballs in the center of the dish.
  • Lay 3-4 parmesan meringues on top of the tomato/ pasta sauce.
Keyword beef, cloud, egg, egg whites, garlic, ground, italian, meatball, meringue, parmesan, parsley, sausage, savory, turkey