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.

7 comments:

  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.

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

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  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.

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  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?

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

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  6. gourmetbebe3/13/10, 9:28 AM

    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.

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  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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