Nanny Bird’s Meatball Stew


1 lb. ground veal
3/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
2 large eggs
2 medium onions, diced
2 green bell peppers, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
5 cloves of garlic, minced
3 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons dark roux (store-bought or see Turbo Roux recipe)


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
In a large bowl, mix together the ground meat, breadcrumbs, eggs, bell peppers, celery, garlic, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and 2/3 of the diced onions. Set the remaining onion aside.
Once thoroughly combined, form the mixture into 1-inch meatballs. Arrange meatballs on a sheet pan.
Brown in the oven at 325 degrees F for 30 minutes. Rotate the balls once during baking.
In a large dutch oven pot, heat 2 tablespoons of dark roux and the remaining onions over medium heat. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
Place the meatballs in the pot and add just enough water to cover.
Simmer on medium heat for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
While cooking, season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.


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