Archive for the ‘Meatballs’ Category
Marrying into an Italian family, you learn a lot about tradition, family and dreams. Often there is that patriarch of the family; that one person that essentially ‘started it all’. When the good folks from Ragu® reached out to me they taught me their patriarch, Assunta Cantisano. Assunta made the voyage from Italy to America with a little something extra up her sleeve, her family’s recipe for tomato sauce– a secret and sublime combination of vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh basil, fennel, garlic and ground pepper, meticulously writing down every detail and hiding it for safe passage. She must have known she was onto something when the neighbor’s raved about it. Then the neighbor’s neighbors. Word spread, and when people in Iowa started grabbing it off the shelves, well, the legend was off and running.
Did you ever go through a phase where you on this kick with a certain food that you literally ate it every day either as the main dish or as a side to it? Sure you’d change the ways it was use but it still was the same thing. Well that’s kinda how this recipe came about. See Mr. Fantabulous was on this major sweet potato kick. Every week I’d bake 5 pounds of them. For him it was always the same way – butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. For me I went honey and cinnamon, roasted grape or even into a sweet potato pecan casserole. But it was towards the end of the week and we were both getting tired of the same old thing however I had large cooked sweet potato in the fridge and I just couldn’t bear the thought of another sweet potato. Well that’s when this idea hit me… sorta.
See I hadn’t set out on making vegetarian meatballs however it kinda just happened. I was making my Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs for us (and for the freezer) when I this recipe kinda just popped in my mind.
Chicken meatballs aren’t something new here. When I introduced my Margarita Chicken Meatballs to my Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with Cheesy Ranch Centers you guys went nuts! Then you guys asked for a super healthy version and who I am to deny you? Thus came my Protein Packed Chicken Parmesan Florentine Meatballs. These meatballs are not only super healthy and packed with protein but they are friggen delicious! I’ve been preaching to you all for years.. eating healthy doesn’t have to taste bad! You should never have to sacrifice taste for making food healthy!
Heck I’ve created so many meatballs recipes on here that it has it’s only subcategory on the website!
A few weeks ago I shared with you my latest meatball recipe, Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs made with beef and pork. These seriously stopped both Mr. Fantabulous and I in our tracks. See while he likes cheese he doesn’t “love it”. I know he’s a weirdo but he’s sexy and can lift super heavy stuff so I keep him around. LOL Please… I adore that man and would be lost without him! But when it comes to cheese he can either love it leave it. Me, on the other hand, has an entire fridge drawer dedicated to just cheese. So when I decided to make a batch of meatballs I wanted to incorporate some cheesy awesomeness into them. Just by stuffing some cheese in the middle the outcome was so incredible that I may just permanently switch to making my meatballs this way for when I make meatball subs. For him I won’t have to add extra cheese on top (again he’s weird) and for me I’ll get a double whammy of cheese… cheese in the middle and cheese on top! WIN WIN!
With today being the Super Bowl I thought it was only right to round up some tailgate favorites to help cheer your team on to victory. Or if you’re like me and your favorite team isn’t playing (Go Steelers!), you’re all about the commercials. I still cannot get over just how much 30 seconds of airtime costs just to advertise your product. I mean it’s ridiculous! I was reading an article the other day where this year’s Super Bowl ads will mark the priciest ever, with 30-second slots ranging from $4.4 million to $4.5 million. There is going to be Dove ad, which is set to appear during Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015, cost the company nearly $10 million for a full minute of ad space. For soap! $10 for SOAP! Are you kidding me???
But when you have millions upon millions of eyes all glued in on a single ‘show’ I guess it’s worth it however if it were me I could so help Dove and the other companies spend their money better… like ah hem, investing in TKW for example <insert huge smile and batting of the baby blues here> LOL
So I have a confession. I’ve been holding out on you with this recipe. Well okay actually 2 recipes.. this beef and pork version and a chicken version (coming up soon). I have had it in my repertoire for some time that I had every intention of sharing with you but I got side tracked and ultimately I forgot about it. See at times when I have a ton going on at once I can be that person that you can be having a full, deep conversation with and out of the corner of my eye I spy something shiny. I will immediately lose focus and follow the sparkly thing. It doesn’t happen often but I’m human and it has happened. Well this is one of those times. It was like “so I think that the ITIL standard should be where we require…” SQUIRREL! and immediately I’ve ended mid sentence to concentrate on the other item.
I think as humans we all get distracted for various reasons – overworked, tired, sexy stranger, baby crying, laughter or if you’re like me… shiny/glittery things. LOL Well these Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs will surely catch your eye and distract you from whatever you are doing. Those delicate little juicy meatballs just exploding with melty cheese will trump whatever you’re concentrating on every time. How can you not be drawn into these luscious little browned bits of heaven; so juicy, so tender. And just barely peeking out is that melty, ooey gooey cheese molten like a river of lava cheese.
Well these caught my eye but more importantly they caught the eye of Mr. Fantabulous. He had come into the house after working in his shop for hours starving and tired. I had just pulled these babies out of the oven and they were at their peak. He came in complaining about the weather (he is so not a cold weather person), that damn stupid rooster from next door that cannot tell friggen time (crow at sunrise, not all friggen day and night – stupid thing!) and that he was starving. I mean he went a whole 4 hours without eating or a snack. Inhumane I know! But wait, let me go back to that damn stupid rooster. Wait, let me go a bit further…. roosters as in more than 1 stupid thing that serves ZERO purpose other than to make more chickens/roosters.