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Award Winning MEATBALLS

The owners of Manhattan’s Meatball Shop share the recipe that took home a blue ribbon at the recent New York City Wine & Food Festival. ‘Using smoky bacon is the key,’ says chef Daniel Holzman

STEAK ‘N’ BACON CHEDDAR MEATBALLS

Yield: 24 1½-in. meatballs

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 medium onion, minced

8 oz. raw bacon, diced

2 lbs. ground beef

6 oz. cheddar cheese, grated

½ cup bread crumbs

3 eggs, lightly beaten

2 tsp. salt

1. Preheat oven to 450. Brush a 13×9-in. baking dish with 1 tbsp. olive oil. Heat remaining 1 tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and bacon and saute, stirring frequently, until golden brown (about 10 minutes).

2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer onions and bacon from the pan to a small plate. Let cool.

3. Combine bacon, onions and the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl, and mix by hand until thoroughly incorporated.

4. Roll the mixture into 24 golf-ball-size meatballs, making sure to pack the meat firmly. Place the balls in the prepared baking dish, and roast until cooked through, 18 to 20 minutes.

5. Allow the meatballs to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Adapted from a recipe in The Meatball Shop Cookbook (Ballantine Books), in stores now

4 Ways To

MAKE EGGS SIZZLE

Chef Zoe Nathan from Santa Monica hot spot Huckleberry gives tips on serving up the food staple

1. GIVE THEM AN ITALIAN TWIST

“At home, I add pesto to scrambled or poached eggs,” says the chef. “You can also sprinkle some bread crumbs on top.”

2. ADD AN ‘E’ TO YOUR BLT

“There’s something comforting about topping a sandwich with a warm fried egg,” says Nathan. “It makes it much creamier.”

3. SPICE THEM UP

Nathan’s go-to snack? “I peel a hard-boiled egg, cut it in half, then add a dash of paprika salt.”

4. MIX IN A SWEET SURPRISE

“Right before I close an omelette, I put raspberry jelly in it,” she says. “It makes a great salty-and-sweet combo.”

NATHAN’S BAKED EGGS RECIPE

Combine 1 cup of salsa and 1/3 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed, in a skillet. Bring to boil and reduce to a simmer. Using a spoon, make two 2-in. indentations in the mixture so you can see the bottom of the skillet. Crack 1 egg into each indentation. Transfer skillet to a 400 oven and cook, uncovered, until eggs are set, 8 to 10 minutes (or cover and cook eggs on a stove top, until they are set, 2 to 3 minutes). Carefully transfer to two bowls and top with chopped onions, sour cream, cilantro and guacamole.

Take a Bite out of

BREAKING DAWN

Eager to sink your fangs into all things Twilight? Here’s a treat that makes a great pairing with the movie’s upcoming premiere

LOVE BITES

In honor of Bella and Edward’s wedding, New York City’s Eleni’s bakery has put together a themed cookie collection featuring the happy couple, jilted Jacob, baby Renesmee and other Twilight-centric shapes.

Vampire Romance Gift Box (14 hand-iced sugar cookies), $65; elenis.com

Jaime King

MY FAVORITE THINGS

The actress-currently on CW’s Hart of Dixie-shares some of the ways she makes her L.A. home cool and cozy

PICTURE PERFECT

“The portraits are so beautiful,” says King of her fave coffee-table book. “It really captures the spirit of the film.” The Making of Star Wars, $53.55; amazon.com

BRITISH FLAIR

“This rug really adds a chic and edgy vibe to a room,” says King.

5×8-ft. Union Jack Rug, $299.95; zgallerie.com

COMFY COVER

“I keep a dip-dye throw in my guest bedroom for a splash of color-and to keep guests warm.”

Ombre Throw, $78; nordstrom.com

SLEEK SURFACE

“This table glams up the look of my office,” she says. “I also use one to display my coffee-table books.”

Framed Side Table, $149; westelm.com