This week's Tasty Tuesday morsel is a throwback to Season 2 with all it's Maenad madness!!! Who can forget Eggs and Tara building a large nest with a large egg inside on the bed at Sookie's grandma's house? It was one of those, WTH??? moments!!!
Later we learn the egg is for Maryann's wedding ceremony to the God Who Comes. The classic Bridezilla moment when you must lick the egg if you want to be one of Maryann's brides maids! Uhhhh...no thank you! PASS!!!
So here is to Maryann and her wedding ceremony to the God Who Comes! Even David Tutera would agree that these would have made awesome appetizers at their reception!
Maenad Matrimony Nests
1/2 pound dry spaghetti
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided use
1/4 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 medium onion, minced
1/2 pound ground beef
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup pesto (store-bought or make your own)
Cook the spaghetti. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the spaghetti noodles. Cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain the cooking water and toss the spaghetti with a tablespoon of olive oil. Refrigerate until cold.
Make the meatballs. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, mix the bread crumbs and milk. In a medium pan over medium heat, add a tablespoon of olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onions and a pinch of salt and saute until translucent. Add the sauteed onions, ground beef, parsley and a big pinch each salt and pepper and stir until just mixed. Scoop out heaping teaspoons of the beef mixture and form into balls. Place the meatballs in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Make the nests. Turn a fork into the chilled spaghetti and place the forkful in one hole of a standard muffin tin, creating a well in the middle, like a nest, and tucking in any noodles not in the nest. Continue until the muffin tin is full. Bake until the spaghetti is crispy and golden brown, 30-40 minutes.
Assemble the nests. To each nest, add about 1/2 tablespoon pesto and place one meatball in the center. Serve warm or at room temperature.