Thursday, January 8, 2009

Thursday’s Culinary Adventure XI


Tonight on Thursday’s Culinary Adventure:


Huzzah!  Don’t they sound delicious?  I saw this Recipe on One More Moore’s blog, and since I’m always up for mixing up the ol’ spaghetti-tacos-stir fry rotation, I decided to try it out!

You will need:

For Meatballs:

2 lbs. ground turkey (or beef, if you’re like that.)

1/3 c. fresh parsley (or a tsp. or so dried, if you’re like THAT)

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 Tb. chopped onions

1c. bread crumbs

dash of salt and pepper

2 eggs

2 Tb. soy sauce

For Sauce:

1 can whole berry cranberry sauce.

1 12oz bottle chili sauce (usually found by the ketchup)

1 Tb. mustard

1 Tb. lemon juice

1 Tb. brown sugar

1 garlic clove (minced)

- Put all of the stuff for your meatballs together in a bowl. 


Mix er on up and add the ground turkey.  Blend with your hands. (Eeww.  I know, its gross, and I’m sorry.)

-Shape into little, 1 inch balls, and place on FOIL LINED cookie sheets.  If you do not line them with foil, the cookie sheets will end up looking like this.

IMG_0687 (or so I’ve heard…)

- This will take you a pretty long time, and you will be very tired.  Like this.IMG_0684

This recipe makes a LOT of meatballs.


Like 30…or 106…I’ve never been very good at guessing the quantity of things. 

Let’s just say, I froze about a quarter of the meatballs to use later in spaghetti, and we will still be eating meatballs for many nights.

-Bake those meaty meatballs at 450 for about 8-10 minutes- or until they are brown all the way through.

-While your meatballs are cookin’, stir all of the ingredients for your sauce into a…well…SAUCEpan, and heat over medium heat until they are all melted together and delicious looking.


CONFESSION:  I forgot to get chili sauce at the store!  Whoops!  I just added 12 oz of ketchup, mixed with 1 Tb. of chili powder.  Don’t you think that is probably the same thing?  Not sure…

-Throw your cooked meatballs into the crock pot, IMG_0686 and dump the sauce on top.

-Cook them on low for an hour or two or three, until they are warm, saucy, and you are ready to serve them.

-We put ours over rice.

Taste Testers Say:

Brian:  IMG_0708

Yummm!  I love meatballs!

Caitlin: IMG_0752 Yay!  They are tasty and apparently make me smile! (Confession: I forgot to take this picture until I was sitting here at the computer, blogging.)

Joseph: IMG_0704 IMG_0705 IMG_0706 Yeah, Yeah, the meatballs are okay, but kind of a weird texture for me.  GIVE ME MORE BANANA-CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE!!!  (He is my son.)

Summary:  Yum!  These are very tasty, and a nice change from the spaghetti-and-meatball scene.  My only advice, and maybe it is just personal preference, is to add MORE cranberry sauce.  I think that next time I will ad 1.5 cans instead of 1.  I felt like it needed a little more of a cranberry punch.  Also, maybe double the sauce recipe- the extra sauce is good over rice, and when it comes to meatballs, I think the more sauce the better.

Grade: B+

(PS, I hope you appreciate that I restrained myself from all of the BALL jokes that I could have made on this post.  Really.  I could have made a LOT.  In case you wanted to hear them, pretty much just subtract the word “meat” from the word “meatball” every time it is used.  Haha!  See?!  I made all of the “meatballs” a different color to ease your way.  You’re welcome.)


Maureen said...

Those sound really good Caitlin and it sure looks like all your hard work was appreciated by your husband! Hope the choco-banana milkshake was a perfect end to your meal :)

britney said...

So I went back through to see all of your ball jokes and they were hillarious. Thank you for that.

Aunt Ricki said...

Or you could go to Costco and buy a bag of frozen meatballs and just add the sauce....the lazy way!