Sunday, August 23, 2009

Enough with the euphamisms. Or not.

Thanks for humoring my low-ball humor in the preceeding posts. I'm sure you think I'm nuts by now.

These tasty balls from the Culinary Arts Institute of Chicago's Ground Meat Cookbook [circa '54, '55, '65 & '70] are a handful. And a bit tart, sweetheart. They're strong enough for a man, when made by a woman [the secret's out].

Lemon Meat Balls
2oz cheddar cheese [about 1/2 c, grated]
Combine with cheese, and mix lightly [take off your rings, unless you have a flesh fettish and want to be picking raw meat out of your anniversary band 'til your next anniversary]:
1 lb ground beef1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 c [about 1 slice] fine, dry bread crumbs
1 T chopped parsley
1 T grated lemon peel [go ahead & zest this time, my lazy ass did]
1 T lemon juice
1 egg, beaten
Add a mixture of:
1 t salt
1/2 t monosodium glutamate [me no likey msg]
1/4 t pepper
Shape into balls about 2" in diameter [bigger is better - a mantra to follow, for sure]. Coat by rolling meat balls in:3 T flour
Heat in skillet
3 T fat
Add meat balls to skillet and brown over medium heat, turning occasionally to brown on all sides. Remove from heat and add slowly, blending well:
1 1/2 c [12 oz can] tomato juice
1 1/4 c hot water
Return to heat, cover and simmer about 40 in. Turn meat balls occasionally.

First - skip the msg. There's a reason it's not even good enough for the dingy Chinese take-out dive on the corner. And amp up the lemon flavor. Double, even triple the zest and juice. Pour it on 'til you pucker. I also opted out of simmering the balls [go ahead, you don't have to stifle that giggle] in plain Jane tomato juice. The shame and guilt of essentially frying the meat mix in fat [I used veg shortening, how vegan of me] had me opt for low sodium V8. I'm sure the fatty to healthy ratio was still 3:1. But I noshed on 3 of them [with Nebraska sweetcorn and fresh farmer's market potatoes on the side] regardless of ratios. Screw the math, it was better than good. So much.


  1. Love the little retro burger and fry (and meatball tray) ... how funky, where did you get that? You really had a ball with this one...

  2. I am gonna have to try this one out. Loving the blog!!!