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Thursday, March 17, 2011

On Top of Spaghetti all Covered in Sauce I Lost My Poor Meatball When Somebody Caughed

Meatballs has always been a specialty of my mothers. She somehow is able to take dry, plain ground turkey and make is deliciously sweet and savory. In my family we try to cook with turkey or chicken instead of red meat for health reasons. So when I took on the challenge of meatballs a while back I was nervous they wouldn't measure up to my mothers. The problem I have with this meal is that it is a lot of guess work. I can never seem to get a straight answer when asking for exact cups and tablespoons. Therefore, I have never reached that ultimate "these taste just like my mom's!"

However, there was one time earlier this year that I tasted that sweet victory. I decided after an extremely long and tiring day that I was going to make meatballs and spaghetti for dinner. My roommates have spoken about "THE MEATBALLS" every since. Anytime I mention ground turkey it always evokes the memory of those fresh, perfectly round, tomatoey yet sweet, meatballs. It has almost become something of a myth now, never being able to reach perfection like that since. I still ponder whether it really was something in the recipe that day, or just our extreme hunger. But even if it was only for that one meal, I lived up to my mother's famous meatballs.

Sweet n' Sour Meatballs 
1/2 kilo ground turkey
1/2 kilo ground chicken
2 cans  crushed tomatoes
1 jar of apricot jam
brown sugar

1. Mix together the turkey and chicken. Add one egg, ketchup, paprika, garlic, salt, and pepper to season the meat.
2. Combine tomato sauce and apricot jam in a pot and bring to a boil. You can dilute it with water if it needs thinning. Add brown sugar to sweeten the sauce to your liking.
3. Roll the meat into small balls and drop into the boiling sauce.
4. Leave them on a low flame for about 45 minutes, or until cooked.

These are great to serve with spaghetti or rice.


1 comment:

  1. I share the same sentiments! Mommy's meatballs just rock our world.