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Now that’s a Spicy Meatball!

1 Apr

                                                                                                

Interestingly, when one of my family members found out I was writing a food blog, they said “I didn’t know you cooked?!”  And they are right, sort of.  I didn’t cook until I got married. My mother loves my husband and was terrified he would waste away once we got married because I didn’t cook. So, she took it upon herself to teach me how to “cook”, which in her mind meant making dinners that a man would want to eat.  She actually bought me a few cook books and took me to the supermarket to show me the different cuts of meat and what each one was used for. (I was a vegetarian for about 6 years until I met my husband) She even wrote down several sample dinner menus, I couldn’t beleive this! But is was the start of something beautiful…I love to cook and my husband is far from starving. 

The first recipe she taught me how to make is spagetti and meatballs, with not an ounce of Italian in our family tree I must say she makes great sauce and balls. The recipe is from my great grandmother, Grannie, which you can see below that she wrote out for my Dad many years ago.  Love her comments and the way she wrote it and I have made some changes a long the way which you can see in my version. Unfortunatley, I wasn’t able to make it ledgible but you can get the idea, it’s old and has been passed down through the years.

Grannies Recipe

So, I don’t measure anything, I just guess. I did measure this time but keep in mind to add more or less seasoning to your liking. Here goes…

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put all of the following into a mixing bowl:

1 1/4 to 1 1/2 lb ground beef ( I use 93% or 95% in order to be somewhat healthy)

1 Egg

1/2 Cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs

4 Tbls Milk

1/4 Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

2 Medium Sized Garlic Gloves-minced through a garlic press

1 tsp Oregano

1 tsp Italian Seasoning

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Pepper

1 tsp Sugar

Now the icky part, using freshly washed hands, with no rings on, to mash it all together.  When it’s all mixed together well, roll into balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. I use olive oil on a piece of tin foil on a baking sheet – easy clean up! I like my balls on the smaller side and not packed too tightly but it’s really a personal thing. When all rolled and on the baking sheet put in the preheated oven for about 15 to 18 minutes.  If you like sausage too, I also cook them on a baking sheet in the oven for about 20 minutes. I love the package of sausage that comes with both the sweet and the hot, it pleases everyone.

The sauce, put all of the following in a large pot:

2 – 28 Ounce Cans of Crushed Tomatoes

 2 Good Size Gloves of Garlic-minced through a garlice press

1 tsp Oregano

2 tsp Italian Seasoning

1 tsp Sugar

Salt – to taste

Pepper – to taste

1 Bay Leaf

I have tried many variations with different types of tomatoes, such as a can of sauce with a can of puree or a can of crushed and added tomato paste but this is my favorite. I add a bit of water to the empty cans, swish it around to “clean” the can and add that water to pot of sauce.  Cook till boiling then turn down to a simmer and meatballs and sausage. Simmer together for at least an hour and serve with your favorite type of spagetti.

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