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July 13, 2010

On Top of Spaghetti! All Covered in Cheese! I Lost My Poor Meatball....

I have always been fundamentally against the concept of the meatball. It all stems from my hatred of meatloaf. Yuck. Even the writing the word makes me gag. As a kid it was the only food I really refused to eat.  It was also the one time I really remember my Mom and Dad taking a stand on me finishing dinner which led to a 3 hour stand off of me sitting at the kitchen table while everybody else was off doing other things.

I won. Because I hate meatloaf that much.

Yet there I was, with all this leftover beef from the 4th of July holiday and I decided that I wanted to try this homemade spaghetti sauce recipe I had been saving and then, on a whim, I decided to make Pioneer Women's meatballs.

And holy crap I love meatballs.

There amazing! Nothing like meatloaf! I can't believe that I went all of these years without having them!

Adapted from Pioneer Woman 

-1 lb ground beef
-4 cloves of minced garlic
-2 eggs
-3/4 cup Parmesan
-Salt and pepper to taste
-1/4 cup of milk
-1/2 cup of Olive Oil

1. Combine all ingredients (except the Olive Oil!) into a bowl and mix

2. Roll into 1/2 inch balls and put in the freezer for 10 minutes of the fridge for longer.

3. Get Olive Oil hot in a saucepan and fry those suckers brown over a medium heat.  No need to cook all the way through, they will continue to cook when you put them in the sauce.

4. Let drain on a paper towel

5. Place in simmering sauce for the last 30 minutes.

A recipe given to me from Emily
An easy base recipe to play around with! 

-Olive Oil
-1/4 white onion
-3 cloves of garlic
-2 28 ounce cans of tomato sauce
-1 small can of tomato paste
-1 1/2 cans of water
-Italian Seasoning to taste
-Sugar to taste

1. Coat bottom of pot with Olive Oil. 

2. Saute onion and garlic. 

3. Place tomato sauce, tomato paste, and water into a giant pot and bring to a boil. Add onions and garlic.

4. Simmer for a couple hours, sauce will thicken as it simmers.  Add Italian seasoning and sugar to taste.



Rachel said...

This is funny because I fundamentally hate meatloaf and will not eat it. I could leave or take meatballs, but have obviously been forced to eat them through my life. Anyway, I have been thinking lately I should know how to properply make spaghetti and meatballs from scratch. I will def try this recipe! Thanks for sharing.

melissa said...

Add me to the list of people HATING meatloaf. Won't eat it. Don't even like to look at it. I had a similar standoff when I was a kid. I won too. Must be the obstinate lawyer in us. :)

I also won't eat hamburgers without at least two slices of cheese. I've always assumed that I'd feel the same way about meatballs, but if you say they're tasty & you're a dedicated meatloaf hater, I may give them a try. My husband would love me for it.

Maybe I'll ease my way in and incorporate some turkey sausage... I like sausage but ground beef in any formed shape just really grosses me out. Jeez, I have issues.

Michelle said...

MELISSA. I can't believe you haven't ever tried meatballs! They are my fave--slathered in sauce and cheese, of course. I actually really like the frozen, small ones you can buy at the grocery store though--sometimes home/restuarant-made ones are too meaty.

One woman's love of food... said...

Did you like the sauce?

Appletree said...

that looks delicious! Thanks for stopping by Appletree today.


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