Midsummer is worth celebrating, don’t you think? And in the only way I know how – feasting. Last week’s recipe for a Summer Sharing Platter was a perfect starter to a feast. So this week, it’s time for main course – chicken meatballs with a herby buttery sauce and broad beans, peas and spinach. Pudding will follow soon.
I really like main courses that arrive at the table in one huge great bowl. There’s nothing more satisfying than a table full of friends passing a groaning dish of summery greenness around the table. It feels so generous and convivial.
I also love food which manages to be both hearty and summery at the same time. Chicken meatballs are homely and cheerful – filling in a farmer’s wife kind of way. Whilst the great gluts of herbs and beans in the sauce make it feel like you’ve plucked that light green shade of June straight out of the veg patch and popped it on the plate. If you can lay your hands on a bunch of cow parsley, your table will be complete.
So, to the recipe. You can serve this with good crusty farmhouse bread for mopping. Hasselback potatoes are great too. It needs something with a bit of crunch.
Next time (and I’m afraid you’ll have to wait a bit because I’m going a way for a week or two), the dessert course – fig leaf pannacotta…