Did Someone Say Comfort Food?

January 7, 2010

Note to world: it’s cold out. Like, really cold. So don’t try to be a hero and wear open-toed shoes. It’s not the time to unbutton your shirt and subject us to your gross chest hair. And nobody thinks you’re cool if you brave it in shorts. Put on some boots, zip up and layer. With no universal healthcare yet, we don’t want to pick up the tab for your frostbite.

Anyhoo…Michelle in Connecticut was kind enough to send us a recipe that her three kids love. It’s from the Pioneer Woman Cookbook, and it sounds delish! Take it away Michelle:

Ree Drummond’s Comfort Meatballs

Makes 6 to 8 servings

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons finely minced onions
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Plenty of freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup flour

Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar (I use cider vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tablespoons minced onions
  • Dash of Tabasco or hot sauce
  1. In a bowl, combine beef and oats. Pour in the milk, then add the diced onion, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  2. Roll the mixture into tablespoon-sized balls and stick in the fridge for 45 minutes to firm up.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Dredge the meatballs in the flour, then brown in the hot skillet until light brown. As they finish, place them in a 9×13 baking dish.
  5. In a bowl, stir together ketchup, sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire, onions and Tabasco. Drizzle evenly over each and every meatball in the pan.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Serve hot!

Note: My kids love egg noodles so that is what I serve it on.  Mashed potatoes would be good too.  I use onion powder instead of minced onions.  I don’t fry the meatballs.  I cook them on  broiling pan in the oven at 450 for 10 minutes then cook them in the sauce at 350 for 30 minutes.  Ground turkey is just as good as the ground beef.  If you use turkey, cut back on the milk or use an egg instead.  I skip the salt.

The Curse of Spiderman

When Spiderman entered my life in a big way through the obsession of my son, I couldn’t help but notice that there were an awful lot of Spiderman projects in the works throughout the entertainment industry. Two of the most popular seemed to be Spiderman 4, which was supposedly going into production for a May 2011 release, and a Spiderman broadway show with music by U2, under the direction of Julie Taymor (Lion King). Well, apparently the release date for Spidey 4 is blown because the script is so bad they can’t start shooting. And the broadway show has self-combusted, with actors being released from their contracts and Bono begging his rich friends to pony up some cash and keep it afloat. And now my son isn’t even that into Spiderman anymore! Oh what a tangled web…Good luck Peter Parker. Stick with your day job.

Etc.

I don’t know why but I am watching the People’s Choice Awards. It’s so cheesy. Sandra Bullock had a big night. Awards season is such a cluster*bleep*! Oh well. Host Queen Latifah looks really good, I have to say. I actually know her agent from college — I’ll have to tell her!

I booked a vacation for us for the end of March. I have to have something to look forward to! I do recommend it to get yourself through the winter months.

See you tomorrow!

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