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Susan Yellen’s Meatballs February 25, 2015

Filed under: Appetizers,Main Dishes — alittlemoreofeach @ 12:08 pm
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Susan, beloved wife of Clifford Yellen, passed away in 2007. Since then, Clifford and his and Susan’s children walk in her honor and memory in the Hartford Race for the Cure. You can join Clifford on team “Yellen For a Cure” at komenct.org. He’d love your support.

Susan used to make these meatballs at the holidays.

Ingredients

4 lbs ground chuck or sirloin
6-8 slices white bread, crusts removed
couple of garlic cloves, chopped fine
small/medium yellow onion, chopped fine
1 Tbl Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp ground pepper
1 tsp salt
small can evaporated milk
3 eggs

Directions

In a large bowl combine bread, eggs (beaten slightly), garlic, onion, Worcestershire sauce, and enough evaporated milk to make the mixture soft. Add ground beef mixing well by hand. (It’s messy but the only way to get it right.)  Roll the mixture into small balls and then roll each ball in flour to coat. Bake on cookie sheet at 350 for 10 minutes or until done.

Sauce:

Mix one bottle organic ketchup and one jar of grape jam in a pan over low heat, stirring until combined and the mixture begins to bubble.

The meatballs can be made ahead of time and frozen, while the sauce is best made when needed.

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Steak and Blue Cheese Pizza December 20, 2012

Filed under: Main Dishes — alittlemoreofeach @ 8:38 pm
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Ingredients (serves 6)

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups vertically sliced onion
  • 1 (8-ounce) package presliced mushrooms
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 (8-ounce) boneless sirloin steak, trimmed
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 3 (7-inch) refrigerated individual pizza crusts
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 1/3 cup (about 1 1/2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450°.

Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add onion and mushrooms; cover and cook 3 minutes. Uncover and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt; remove onion mixture from pan.

Sprinkle steak with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add steak to pan; cook over medium-high heat 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand 5 minutes; cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices.

Place crusts on a baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 3 minutes. Remove crusts from oven.

Combine mayonnaise and horseradish; spread each crust with about 2 teaspoons mayonnaise mixture. Arrange onion mixture evenly over crusts; bake at 450° for 2 minutes. Divide steak and cheese evenly among pizzas; bake an additional 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Cut each pizza in half.

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Almost-Famous Swedish Meatballs

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients (45 meatballs)

    For the meatballs

    • 1 cup breadcrumbs
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1/3 cup minced white onion
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 3/4 pound lean ground beef
    • 1/2 pound lean ground pork
    • 1 large egg plus 1 egg white, beaten
    • Vegetable oil, for brushing

    For the gravy

    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth
    • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1/4 cup heavy cream
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional)
    • Lingonberry jam, for serving (optional)

    Instructions

    Make the meatballs: Put the breadcrumbs in a large bowl. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, allspice, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon white pepper and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the milk and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a simmer. Pour the milk mixture over the breadcrumbs and stir to make a thick paste; let cool. Add the beef, pork, egg and egg white to the bowl and mix until combined.

    Brush a baking sheet with vegetable oil. Roll the meat into 1-inch balls and arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake the meatballs until cooked through, about 20 minutes.

    Make the gravy: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking, until smooth. Whisk in the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a simmer. Add the cream and meatballs. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the gravy thickens, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper. Transfer to a serving dish; sprinkle with the parsley and serve with lingonberry jam, if desired.

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