Chasing Meatballs

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!”

Here is most of the stuff I put in the meatballs and their pan sauce. (That is the rice cooker in the top right corner  – you gotta have something to soak up all that sauce.)

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!

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6 comments on “Chasing Meatballs

  1. JaneEYB says:

    Hi Carol
    I was hoping to contact you directly but couldn’t find contact info on your blog.Thanks for putting Eat Your Books on your Blogroll. Did you know you can add a widget that links right back to your EYB Profile so your readers can look at your Bookshelf? You can read about it here:
    http://www.eatyourbooks.com/help/how-to#h032
    Best, Jane

    • cabinet stew says:

      Hi Jane! thanks for the widget suggestion and I will think about that.
      Most importantly thanks for pointing out that I left off a valuable bit of info on my blog! The last time I changed the theme of it – it resulted in practically an all-nighter of re-formatting! ugh!
      I really appreciate the EYB site as it gets me actually cooking from my cookbooks more often instead of sitting on the shelf. Sometimes from work during the day I just “plug” in the main ingredients I know I have on hand and see what recipes are hiding in my books that use these items. Than I go home open the book and make it. I call this “recipe roulette!”
      thanks again Carol, (cwcooks)

  2. Megan says:

    Meatballs are some of my favorite things in the world, can’t wait to try this recipe 🙂

    • cabinet stew says:

      Thanks Megan! Let me know how it turns out! I am sure you won’t burn yours or let them be square! Also if you wanted a thicker sauce you could add a roux (little bit of flour to the pan before you de-glaze.)

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