Archive for the ‘Meatballs’ Category
We’re talking this is a meatball game changer folks! This homemade blend of ground chicken and bacon, ranch and spices make up one SERIOUSLY DELICIOUS meatball! You cannot eat just one of these! And if you tried well, that’s just cruel!
Growing up Mom only ever made meatballs when she made spaghetti. They never were made outside of that. Maybe if she had leftovers she made meatball subs but she never set out to intentionally have meatballs be the main dish. And never, ever were they considered an appetizer. They were kind of like the “Plus 1” on a wedding invite. They weren’t really invited but it was assumed they’d be there. And if I’m being honest here, Mom’s meatballs weren’t exactly on the top of my favorite foods list for 2 reasons:
- They had GINORMOUS chunks of onions in them. No no no no NO, never never never in my world, EVER!
- She used the exact same recipe for her meatballs as she did for her meatloaf… and I hated her meatloaf
Now I didn’t have my first “OMG that’s what a meatball is supposed to taste like?!?!” until I was in my mid-twenties and I was on a date pre-Mr. Fantabulous. This guy (how terrible am I that I can’t even remember his name but I can remember the food?!) took me to this little Italian restaurant in the middle of no where for dinner. The place was old school – marinara stained red and white checkered tablecloths, old wine bottles with wax dripping down the sides and a waiter that spoke very broken English.
Take your meatballs beyond the plate of pasta!
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