I am always chasing the perfect meatballs. Could be Italian style with red sauce. Could be Swedish style. Could be even more basic with brown gravy. I just love them in all forms and I am chasing perfection in meatballs.
I can’t seem to master the cooking of them. They are always falling apart no matter if I bake them or saute them. Or I burn them in the skillet. ( I swear I don’t step away but…) Or sometimes they just come out rather square-shaped instead of round. I favor small ones because the giant ones seem more like a small meatloaf to me and I firmly believe that meatballs, meatloaf and the filling of stuffed peppers are all the same. It is the shape and vehicle that makes these three things different, when really, they are not. But I digress and that topic is a post for another day.
So the other night I had 1/2 lb of ground chuck hanging out in the fridge. Some really delicious home-grown celery. (Not by me, but by someone in the neighborhood.) Some leftover mushrooms, and some of my mini carrots from my garden. (that is what happens when you don’t thin the seedlings – mini carrots)
So of course I thought “meatballs!”
I went really basic on the meatballs: ground chuck, bread crumbs, crushed garlic, chopped fresh sage and parsley, some steak sauce, S&P and of course an egg to hold it altogether.
This is how many meatballs I made!
For the pan sauce I went with: chopped onion, celery, carrots and mushrooms. More fresh chopped sage and some beef broth. A tiny bit of milk or half & half gives a little creaminess and of course I won’t tell if you want to finish with a pat or two of butter!
I browned the meatballs first in the pan with a little olive oil. Than after I inevitably burned one side of them, I removed them from the pan – added all the veggies and spices to saute a bit, deglazed the pan with stock and added the milk. I then added the meatballs back in and let everything cook through for a bit.
They came out pretty good but, as you can see, slightly misshapen and a little burned on one side.
Still chasing the dream!