I've started making a two week menu, as I discussed a while ago. I really enjoy perusing my "Food, Glorious Food, Want to Try" pin board on my pintrest account and choosing meals from there for my menu. However, while many of them are amazing, sometimes I need to reflect on what my family loves. Granted many of the things I make rather harken to what tastes we love, but I need to make things that I KNOW we love. Today I made soft meatballs with noodles and red sauce. (tomato sauce) It was so yummy, everyone stuffed themselves silly and left the table satiated. There was no begging to try a bite, no Mama getting exasperated from the lack of tasting. It was yummy and a hit!
My meatball recipe is pretty basic:
1 pound organic pastured beef
1/2 pound organic pastured pork
1/2 cup bread crumbs (or so)
4 ice cubes of liver (shhh this is a secret!)
a healthy shake shake shake shake of Worcestershire sauce
3 or 4 or 5 grated cloves of garlic
salt and pepper
1/2 a cup or so of Parmesan cheese (grated)
oil or fat of your choice for the pan.
preheat oven to 350 degrees
mix the meats and let your cubes of liver defrost, mix
add everything else and mix carefully, don't beat the meat too much
using a small disher scoop the balls onto a greased tray, leaving space between them, careful to not pack the meat in too tightly
bake 20 or so minutes until they are cooked through (I had to cut one in half to check)
remove from oven, let cool slightly and enjoy!
These are very delicate, not really ones to be tossed in a sauce, rather ones to sit atop your noodles and gently caresses with sauce. They are tender and delicious!
PS you can't taste the liver!
I served them beside the red sauce.
Trixie's favourite Red Sauce.
1 24 ounce jar of organic crushed tomatoes
1/3ish cup of water (this is what I swished out of the jar)
3 or 4 or 5 grated garlic cloves
dry Italian seasoning, basil, parsley all to taste (about 2 teaspoons each)
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon of sugar
let all simmer together
add 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter, once melted in and everything comes back up to temperature, remove from heat and add a generous squirt of good olive oil.
serve over yummy noodles! (and meatballs!)
Over all the whole dinner took me about 1/2 of an hour to make.
I need to remember this, one does not need to reinvent the wheel to feed one's family food they'll love!