Friday, May 16, 2008

Busy Week

It has been a really busy week and I want to thank you all for your kind words after my exciting win! To celebrate I threw together a double batch of the Whoopie Pies to bring to work and spread around. I got a few "You are out of control." A couple "These are just too much!" And more than one "I need some time to myself, thank you."

Here are the whoopie cakes cooling after a few minutes in the oven.


Last night I was craving a comfort meal. Something filling, satisfying and a little old school.
So I made Spaghetti and Meatballs.

I don't really have a recipe, I threw these together from memory of past meatballs that worked and didn't work.

1 lb ground meat/meat loaf mix
1/2 onion, finely diced
2 TB finely minced parsley or 1 TB dried parsley
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1 egg
1 1/2 slices sandwich bread soaked in milk, squeeze out most of the excess milk, but not all, break into small pieces
salt & pepper (be liberal with the salt)
a heavy pinch of garlic powder

First...saute the onions and parsley in a little olive oil, just for a few minutes to start to cook out the raw flavor. I think I cooked for about five minutes over medium high heat. Let cool for a minute.

Mix all ingredients until blended. Make teaspoon sized balls. Fry in olive oil until golden brown. Don't worry about cooking through. Remove to a baking dish. Cover with homemade tomato sauce. Bake for 30 minutes with a sheet of foil over the dish, but not sealing the dish (the sauce will spit and sputter, and you want the steam to go away).

Serve with pasta.

These were the best meatballs I've made. I'm very happy with the outcome and I have to say the secret was cooking the onions a bit and the milk moistened bread.


Dancer in DC said...

Mmm...I love a good simple meatball in tomato sauce. These definitely had a moist texture and were flavorful. Delicious.

Barbara said...

Now that's comfort food. Nothing I like better than a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs with a nice salad. yum!