Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Meat & ketchup

I'm not going to ding the Pioneer Woman for adding sugar to her ketchup-based comfort meatball sauce because yesterday was long and hard and these soft, fluffy meatballs were the nicest part. Not just super-easy to make, but delicious. I have been hard on Pioneer Woman. I realize that I don't find bland, creamy foods (chicken pot pie, chicken spaghetti) tasty or comforting, I find them silly. But give me some slow-cooked red meat in a sweet tomato sauce and I care a lot less about nutrition, calories, and fake ingredients. Inconsistent, I know.

Not for everyone, this recipe, but we loved it.


  1. OK I can now relate to someone's recent comment about a picture of EVERY STEP. I almost cannot process this recipe. The pictures and, while funny and engaging, commentary make it so I can't figure what this will taste like and if I want to try it.

    They do sound good, and kind of remind me of the meatball appetizer that uses chili sauce and grape jelly.

  2. Mmmmmm...meat candy. (And I mean that very seriously.)

  3. Hmm. I see that you SAY super-easy, but then I look at the recipe and see that she is browning the meatballs in multiple batches, and it makes me feel like one big loaf is just fine. Forgive me a terrible pun, but I don't need no stinkin' batches.

  4. mmm looks good. i will serve it for comfort food guests.

    i wonder if they really need to be rolled in flour and browned?

  5. Mmm. Too bad we gave up meat for Lent. I'm guessing Lentil mush won't substitute too well in these puppies.

  6. Oh gawd. Is every post like that with the pictures?! If so, I think I've seen enough of PW.

    I grew up in a meat and potatoes family so I get the appeal of this approach to food. But one of the things I am happiest about is the "exotic" fare I've thrust upon my spawn from the time they came to the table. They'd tried more things by the time they were 5 than I'd had by the time I was in college - and most of it they actually liked.

    They have their entire college careers to revert to cream of mushroom soup and spaghetti with Ragu. If they choose to.

  7. Don't forget to tag this post PW.
    I have to thank you. This is the first meal in weeks that the entire family here has eaten. We told one it was like meatloaf, another that it was like a burger with ketchup on it, and I told my husband that your husband thought it was great. Sold all around.
    She doesn't play fair. But it's the first night in a long time we all ate the same thing.
    It was not easy--my kids watched more tv than I would like to admit while I mushed and shaped and froze and rolled and fried. But if they will eat this with the party meatballs from the local place--my life will be good.

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