Classic Swedish Meatballs

Talk bout comfort food! These meatballs are delicious, and this recipe really satisfies every age in my family. I serve them over wide egg noodles, smothered in extra gravy!

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Ingredients:

Meatballs
3 slices whole wheat bread
1/2 cup 1% milk
1/2 small sweet onion, minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt, divided
1 1/4 pounds ground pork
2 large eggs
a handful parsley, chopped
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¾ pound ground beef

Gravy
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup unbleached white whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
3 cups reduced-sodium beef or chicken broth
1/2 cup half and half cream

Directions:

Break bread slices into small pieces and put in a medium bowl. Pour milk over bread and toss with your hands to moisten evenly. Set aside. In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook the onion in 1 tablespoon butter with 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt until translucent, about 4 minutes. Toss in the garlic, stir for 30 seconds to a minute. Remove from heat.

Drain excess milk from bread, squeezing lightly. Add to the bowl of a standing mixer (or if using a hand-held mixer, leave in bowl). Add onion and garlic mixture, pork, eggs, parsley, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper and beat until smooth, 3 minutes, scraping down sides occasionally as you go. When mixture is smooth, break ground beef into very small pieces and stir just until evenly distributed.

Roll the meat mixture into balls with your hands and set aside.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large (ideally at least 14-inch) pan over medium heat. Add a batch of balls to pan and cook, turning frequently with tongs, until browned on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes. When the first batch is done, put in a deep dish and cover with foil. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan and brown second batch of meatballs. Repeat as needed; transfer all the meatballs to the deep dish while you make the gravy.

Increase heat under pan to medium-high. If your pan has some drippings, add 2 tablespoons of butter; if not use 3. Add flour and salt and whisk; the mixture will be crumbly. Add broth 1 cup at a time, whisking constantly until smooth. Add half and half at end and stir well. Lower heat to low, add the meatballs back to the pan and allow to cook another 5 minutes.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings
adapted from Yankee Magazine Lost & Vintage Recipes
Original recipe here: http://www.savoringthethyme.com/2012/10/classic-swedish-meatballs-yankee-magazine-lost-vintage-recipes-giveaway/

Crock Pot Pepperoni Chicken

Here’s a really tasty crockpot meal the whole family will enjoy!

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Ingredients:

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
About 40 pepperonis, sliced in half
1/4 cup black olives, drained and sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 packet of Italian dressing seasoning
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 cup shredded, part-skim mozzarella cheese
Salt, pepper to taste

Directions:

Place chicken in crock pot. Sprinkle chicken with onion powder, salt and pepper. Next, add pepperoni and olives.

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In a small bowl, whisk together chicken broth, tomato paste and Italian dressing mix and pour over chicken.

Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours. Before serving, sprinkle cheese on top of chicken, cover with lid and allow cheese to melt.

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Use a slotted spoon to serve chicken, and discard and extra cooking liquid. Enjoy!