Day 11 (of 31)

I’m really not too much into cooking so this one is going to be tough.
Okay, enough of me being a smartass.  This post is going to be a 3-in-1 post which I prefer to think of as multi-tasking rather than being lazy.
A couple of weeks ago, I made Pioneer Woman’s Comfort Meatballs.
Aren’t they lovely?  That isn’t my picture.  It belongs to P-Dub and I’m trying to take any credit whatsoever but after looking back at my pictures, they just don’t do it justice so I stole her photo.
This recipe is absolutely delicious and relatively easy.  I did a few things before I was ready to actually cook them and I will give you a head’s up as those steps come up.
Here is the recipe that is posted both online and in her cookbook.  The only reason that I’m posting the ingredients as well as the step-by-step is because she posted them on her website so they are already available to anybody that doesn’t already own the cookbook.  ::deep breath::  Okay, enough with the covering-my-ass, here ya go!
Ingredients for the balls:
  • 1.5 pounds of ground beef
  • 3/4 C oats
  • 1 C milk
  • 3 TBSP finely diced onion
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • “plenty” of black pepper (Pioneer Woman’s words; not mine)
  • 2 C of flour

Ingredients for the sauce:

  • 1 C ketchup (or BBQ sauce.  I used KC Masterpiece and they were DIVINE)
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 3 TBSP white vinegar
  • 4-6 TBSP chopped onion (I usually forget to add this to the sauce)
  • 2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
  • a few dashes of Tabasco (we had Frank’s hot sauce so that’s what I used!)
Instructions for the balls:
  • Pre-heat your oven to 350
  • Mix the ground beef, oats, milk, onion, salt & pepper in a medium bowl until it’s all combined.
  • Form the meat into meatballs (I wonder where the name “meatballs” came from . . . )
  • Pioneer Woman likes to use a cookie dough scoop.  I wasn’t this creative and I just used my hands.  It was messy, but it still got the job done.
  • As you make the meatballs, place them on a cookie sheet (or several plates like I did because I didn’t have the room in my fridge for a full cookie sheet).
  • Once the meatballs are all rolled out & on the cookie sheet, place them in the freezer for about 5 minutes or in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.  But, if you want to do them overnight (time saver!!!), just be sure to cover then in saran wrap so they don’t dry out!
  • Just before you are ready to cook the meatballs, throw some flour, salt & pepper in a bowl.  Coat the meatballs in flour in groups and placed them on a clean plate.
  • They are going to look like Mexican Wedding Cookies.  But don’t eat them!!!  You will regret it!
  • Heat some oil in a pan.  Once it’s nice & warm, throw in some of the flour-coated meatballs.
  • Cook the meatballs on each side for a few minutes, until they are nice and brown.  The point of this step is just to give them a nice little crispy outer layer; not to cook them completely so you actually want the center to still be pretty pink when they go in the oven.
  • When they are brown, place them in a baking dish (my 9×13 was a little big for this recipe but it would have been perfect if I would have doubled it)

Instructions for the sauce:

  • In a medium bowl, combine the ketchup (or BBQ sauce.  I tried it both ways & found that the ketchup was good but the BBQ sauce was sooooo much tastier!), sugar, vinegar, onions (if you remember), Worcestershire sauce, & hot sauce.
  • Mix it up well.  The vinegar will resist a little at first, but just keep at it.  Eventually, it will give in.
  • Pour it over the meatballs so they are nice & coated in the stuff.
  • Throw the pan in the oven for about 45 minutes.  You will know that it’s done when the sauce is nice & bubbly.  Or when you start salivating uncontrollably.
  • Serve ’em up with a side of mashed potatoes if you want or just eat them by themselves.  Either way?  The kids, the husband and (most importantly) me all went back for seconds because they were so damn tasty.

In case you don’t want to scroll back to the top of this page, here’s the link again for Pioneer Woman’s recipe including step-by-step picture instructions. Enjoy!

P.S. You know what I just realized?  She calls them “BBQ Meatballs” when she doesn’t even use BBQ sauce in her recipe.  Huh.  How bizarre.

Day 1. I have a three-month old and already I’m thinking, I’m going to miss him at this age. Have you felt that way, and what age do you miss the most?
Day 2. What makes you uniquely you?
Day 3. A photo that makes you happy
Day 4. Post a pic of you in your favorite outfit.
Day 5. Write a blog thanking someone who has made your heart come alive.
Day 6. Your most embarrassing moment.
Day 7. Do you believe in the “cry until he sleeps” method?
Day 8. Have a beauty secret (e.g. hair tip, make up tip)? Share, please!
Day 9. What virtues do you value in yourself?
Day 10. What are some of your favorite MAC products, and what foundation/powder do you wear?
Day 11. Post a recipe. Or if you don’t cook, try a new recipe and write about how it turned out (pictures please!).
Day 12. Write about what wears you out as a woman.
Day 13. A YouTube video
Day 14. Style 31. Post an outfit pic!
Day 15. What do you wish for?
Day 16. How old was Carter when he started sleeping through the night and how did you do this?
Day 17. Write about 3 things that make you happy.
Day 18. If you could, what would you tell yourself before you had your baby?
Day 19. Write about your significant other
Day 20. Write about your job and why you love it or hate it.
Day 21. Write about your most vivid childhood memory. Post a picture of you taken over ten years ago.
Day 22. What did you do today?
Day 23. Who’s your celebrity look-alike?
Day 24. What is God teaching you presently?
Day 25. Post a pic of your favorite comfy clothes.
Day 26. What do you hope your grandchildren will say about you someday when you are gone?
Day 27. Who are your favorite bloggers?
Day 28. Write about your insecurities as a woman.
Day 29. Your day, in great detail
Day 30. What do you think is going to happen to you after you die?
Day 31. Your favorite quote

4 thoughts on “Day 11 (of 31)

  1. While I can’t say for sure since I’m not in PW’s inner circle, but they might be called BBQ meatballs because those sauce ingredients ARE the main components of BBQ sauce. 😉

  2. OK, if you read the instructions for the sauce/glaze, those are the basic ingredients for BBQ sauce. Have you really tried anything of her’s that you didn’t like? I know we haven’t and wish we would have been able to go to her book signing! Oh well.

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