We're makin' meatballs...PW style. I'm not afraid to steal. It's called plagiarism in writing. But in blogging, I don't think they've come up with a name for it, so it must not really exist. And anyway, I'm not stealing her recipes, I'm just stealing her format. And she didn't patent it, so I don't think she'll mind. And hell, it got her on the Bonnie Hunt show, so if it works for her, maybe it'll work for me. Whatever, we're makin' meatballs.
She calls her ingredients her "Cast of Characters". I think I'll go for more of a sports theme here, since I'm a professional hussy and all. We'll call our ingredients "The Starting Line Up". Creative, huh?
LOCAL ground beef. My butcher grinds it RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY EYES. Well, not exactly. I have to look through the eggs to see into the big refrigerator. BUT I see him do it.
Local sweet Italian sausage. HOMEMADE by the same old butcher who grinds my ground beef. He whistles while he works. It's the cutest thing. I LOVE VERMONT! Have I mentioned that? Everything tastes better homemade. These sausages are no exception. GO MEAT! (sorry to all you vegetarians, but isn't it good I know where my meat comes from?)
Squeeze those suckers out of their sacs. (Again, sorry vegetarians)
Two farm fresh eggs. Okay, they don't have to be farm fresh but in Vermont, it's easy to find. I LOVE Vermont!
Bread crumbs. I would have made my own, but who has the time?
Chopped onion. I try to chop it as tiny as I can because my spawn don't like onions. You make the pieces as big or as small as you like.
Fresh parmesan cheese. There's nothing better.
Golden raisins. The recipe calls for "snipped" golden raisins, but I chopped mine because I frankly don't know what "snipped" means? Do I use my kitchen shears for that? Don't know, don't care.
Italian Seasoning. Salt. Pepper. Red Pepper flakes (you decide how many).
Glorious Big Bowl of Love.
Okay, don't make fun of my hickville shirt. I'm still a hussy inside, even though I like to mash my meatballs with my hands.
Glorious balls of love.
Cook for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
I'm going to start posting some of my favorite recipes here because I'm all like "let's change the world one home cooked meal at a time". So I better pony up. BUT here's the deal. I'm a recipe follower, so I've decided to add my own ingredient to the recipes, you know, to make them mine. However, I might warn you that the recipe probably would be A LOT better WITHOUT this added ingredient. BUT it's your choice. I think you'll know the added ingredient; it will be the same in all the recipes posted here (the stolen recipes from magazines and famous stars, of which I don't want any of them coming after me with their meat cleavers).
The Hussy's Hussifying Meatballs
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/3 cups of bread crumbs
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup finely snipped golden raisins
1 TBSP. dried Italian seasoning
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 1/2 lbs. sweet or hot Italian sausage
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef, veal, or pork
1 CUP strong coffee (he he he)
In a very large bowl combine EVERYTHING with your hussy hands. Make big (or small) balls and place them in baking pans (with a rim). Cook for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.