November 2010

Mai’s Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce

by Suzanne on November 30, 2010

Now that I have your attention, I want you to know this is a departure from my norm. I’m not Italian and this is not a “leftovers” recipe. But hey, when have I ever been “norm”? Does that make me normal? Inquiring mind wants to know. It is, perhaps, the best meatballs and spaghetti sauce (gravy) I’ve ever tasted. But then, I may be just a tad partial. That’s OK, right? I mean, wouldn’t it be bad if I didn’t like my own cooking? I’ve always been a Spaghetti-Sauce-In-A-Jar kinda gal. Easy, quick, no fuss, no muss. Never exactly the “taste” I was looking for, but close enough. Right? Wrong. I never knew that making my own sauce could be just about as easy as opening a jar, and a whole lot more tasty! Enter the meatballs. I NEVER order spaghetti with meatballs at a restaurant because, frankly, I have never met a meatball that I liked. At all. Most have too many bread crumbs and not enough flavor for me. Becoming just a ball of mush by the time they get to the table. You, too? I can fix that. And so can you. Without further procrastination, at which I am an expert, I give you “Mai’s Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce”. This also goes great with a green salad and some of my Green Chile Honey Vinaigrette! Oh, I’m “Mai”, by the way. Pronounced “may”. I have a few different handles, but that’s what my grandkids and granddogs call me. *Notice the * below for the garlic. Here’s something I learned just the other day. A lot of us not only LOVE garlic for it’s flavor and smell, but eat it for its health benefits. Heart-healthy and all that. Well, did you know that in order to reap the healthy benefits of garlic that you need to chop, mince or mash it about fifteen minutes in advance of using it in a dish to release all the sulphides? I didn’t. Now, I’m no medical expert and don’t claim this information to be the “end all”. However, if there is any possibility that is true, then why not prepare your garlic ahead of everything else? Can’t hurt, right? Procrastination is over. Here we go! Mai’s Italian Meatballs Makes about 24 2″ meatballs 1/2 lb Ground Beef 2 Hot Italian Sausages, with casings removed 1 large Elephant Garlic Clove, minced* 1/2 […]