I doubled the recipe as usual and used a mixture of ground beef and pork. Usually I make beef meatballs but the pork/ beef mixture was excellent. I never follow a recipe for meatballs but realized what I do add is very similar to The Pioneer Woman’s Comfort Meatball Recipe which is in her first cookbook. I listed most of the measurements she lists in her recipe below…because I tend not to measure very well. However she makes a slightly different sauce. Any tangy, zingy sauce will do.
1 1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 cup quick oats
1 cup milk
1 TBSP minced onion
2 tsp season salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
canola oil for pan
1/2 cup flour
1 12 oz. chili sauce
1 18 oz jar apricot (or any fruit) preserves
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 375F. In large mixing bowl, combine meat, milk, oatmeal, minced onion, 1 tsp. season salt and black pepper. I mix with my hands. But I’m sure a wooden spoon would work.
In a shallow pan, add 1/2 cup flour with 1 tsp. season salt. Make medium sized meat balls from your meat mixture and gently roll each in the flour mixture.
Place floured meatballs in a pan.
On the stove top, over medium heat have a dutch oven or cast iron pan to brown the meatballs with the canola oil at the bottom of the pan.
Also on the stovetop, stir chili sauce, fruit preserves, minced garlic and black pepper, heat over medium heat until it comes to a boil and remove from heat. Stir.
Once the meatballs have browned for about 5-7 minutes, I pour over the sauce, stir and cover, placing them in the 375F oven.
This is the same sauce I pour over meatballs in a slow cooker which I had yesterday at our Christmas Cheer holiday party for customers of our small business.
Bake for 35 minutes at 375F. While the meatballs baked, I pulled potatoes from the oven and mashed them. I don’t peel the potatoes. I mash the whole potatoes, adding a little skim milk, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic, salt and pepper. I placed them in a baking dish and covered, putting them in the oven for the last 15 minutes the meatballs finished to warm up the potatoes, melting the cheeses and melding the flavors.
Steam up some green veggies. Set the table. Pour a few glasses of milk. A meatballs, mashed potatoes meal…need milk in my opinion as a beverage. It’s the prairie way.
This was our starving like a pack of wolves plate…his first helping of our meatball family meal.