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Cook the Book: Bobby Flay's Spaghetti and Meatballs

So far this week we've been featuring the winning recipes from Bobby Flay's Throwdown!, but judging by the caliber of Bobby Flay and his formidable competitors I had a feeling that the losing recipes were worth a try as well. To test my theory I opted to try Bobby Flay's version of Spaghetti and Meatballs, a lighter take on this Italian-American staple that ended up losing out to Mike Maroni's grandma's meatballs.

Flay's meatballs are worlds away from the denser, long simmered version that his opponent dished up, with a lighter texture due to the fact that he cut the eggs down to only one per pound of meat and went easy on the breadcrumbs. Since it wouldn't be a true Flay recipe without a chile or two, a cubanelle pepper and a sprinkling of chili flakes are added to the quick sauce for a bit of heat and great pepper flavor.

My theory is that Flay's meatballs ended up on the bottom for the fact that they weren't the rib-sticking, red gravy version that most of us look for, but nonetheless they're pretty tasty and won't send you into a meatball-induced coma like heavier, more grandma-centric recipes might.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Bobby Flay's Throwdown! to give away this week.

Adapted from Bobby Flay's Throwdown! by Bobby Flay. Copyright © 2010. Published by Clarkson Potter. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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