Leading up to September's Best of Dallas® 2016 issue, we're sharing (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes, the Dallas entrées, appetizers and desserts that really stuck with us this year.
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On Meddlesome Moth's menu, the Moth Balls are a mystery, described only as "Our shout-out to the Spotted Pig of NYC." Don't let the vague description prevent you from trying one of the best bar snacks in Dallas.
A take on Spotted Pig's Ricotta Gnudi, Moth's balls are house-made ricotta with nutmeg, salt and pepper formed into balls and buried in semolina. The moisture from the cheese forms a pasta-like shell around the exterior. They're cooked in boiling water and covered with a rich cream sauce made with shallot, herbs, peppercorn, Parmesan cheese, truffle oil and thickened with a brown butter roux. A little basil pesto is sprinkled on top with fresh-grated nutmeg, more Parmesan cheese and glorious fried sage leaves, which give the dish an earthy crunch.
Creamy, fatty, cheesey, herbaceous — this is the most indulgent grown-up bar snack around. Split it with a friend if you dare — with five Moth Balls in every serving, you're guaranteed to fight to the death over that fifth ball of magic.