Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sharing the Love: Meatballs

YEARS ago, I was at my friend Peg's (Penny's). She's a wonderful cook. That particular day, she made meatballs and cheesy potatoes. SO GOOD. Recently, I called her for her recipe. I scribbled it on an envelope, which I promptly lost. Then I called her for the ingredients I couldn't remember from memory. And then I emailed her for the complete recipe. She warned me that this is the very last time she's sharing this recipe with me (She said my requests are getting out of hand. She's right.), so I needed to type it up and share it here, pronto. These are SO delicious.

Balls of Meat:
2 lbs ground beef
1/4 c milk
2 beaten eggs
3/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 T Worcestshire sauce (I skip this)
3 slices of bread (I put 1/2 cup crush saltine crackers instead)

Mix up, roll into balls. I coat a large skillet with olive oil, and then fry for about 10 - 15 minutes over medium-high heat. Once they are completely brown, I bake for another 10 minutes. In the pan where I fried the meatballs, I deglaze with two cups of beef broth. Then I make a mixture of about 1/2 cup water, and 3 T flour. I whisk that into the beef broth to make a delicious hamburger gravy.

Serve meatballs with mashed potatoes and gravy and my homemade flat bread, and a veggie for a perfect winter comfort meal!