Ok... moving on!
A favorite blog topic of mine is reading other people's recipes/cooking/baking/cake decorating entries. I figure I'll try my hand at a new recipe per week.
This week's recipe is from one of my favorite cook books; The PNW Cooks; Recipes from an accidental country girl
The author, Ree Drummond (THE Pioneer Woman) is funny, smart, a stay at home mom to idolize and the best part? Reading her cookbook/ blog always awakens a bit of creativity in me.
The recipe I decided to try tonight was "Comfort Meatballs". Why?
First of all, I have no memory of eating meatballs as a kid. My family was brought up on foods not classified in the "normal" fare for American families. My three siblings and I requested dishes like Tabouli, Curry, Sushi and lots of vegetables.
Aside from no memory of eating meatballs as a kid, I have never made meatballs! I'm a pro at meat sauce for pastas and love to make meatloaf.
Up until now I've been neglecting the balls (sad story!)...
1 1/2 lbs ground beef, 3/4 C quick oats (I used plain Quaker Oats from the tube), 1 C milk, 3 T very finely minced onion, 1/ 1/2 t salt and plenty of black pepper *(see below)
Form into TBSP size balls (or slightly larger IMO) and refrigerate for up to 45 minutes
While meatballs firm up, make the sauce
I recommend having a cutie patootie help squeeze the ketchup bottle. They will laugh hysterically every time it makes fart noises, in turn causing an impromptu giggle fest in the kitchen :)
Put 1 cup ketchup (or catsup if you're a Rehfield), 2 T sugar, 3 T white vinegar, 2 T Worcestershire sauce, 4-6 T minced onion (make sure this is very finely minced) and a dash of Tabasco *(see below)
** VERY IMPORTANT**
Make sure you are drinking wine while cooking. Mmm
Dredge the meatballs in flour (I added a few sprinkles of seasoned bread crumbs for a little extra mmmm). Pan fry meatballs in batches until light brown
As they brown, place in a baking dish. Drizzle the sauce over the meatballs. Bake at 350 F for about 30 minutes until bubbly and hot
I served the meatballs with plain penne pasta and a veggie salad. I imagine egg noodles, mashed potatoes or meatballs on their own would be just as delicious :)
*I had 3 lbs of meat to use up so I doubled the entire recipe. HOLY meatballs, I could feed the neighborhood tonight!
My son, the pickiest eater I've ever known (far worse than me!) cleaned his plate. I'm still a bit shocked by that. Ryan and I both loved them, especially because we were both full after only 4 meatballs (the oats added a hearty quality without being too dense or rich), no seconds tonight!
All in all, a favorite of everyone... BUT... far too much effort/time put into these meatballs. I could have easily put it all in a pan and made meatloaf :-/
One more thing...
Don't forget to have your s/o
do the dishes... ahem... let the dog clean the plates.