Superbowl weekend is fast approaching. This year we are entertaining Saturday evening for about twenty. A couple of those guests will be staying over night to partake of our annual Superbowl party of about twenty. As you know I have been busy painting the kitchen and now with three days until the festivities, am in high gear doing menu planning and preparing a few dishes ahead of time. Meatballs are a hit at Superbowl parties. One of the grocery stores has a 907 g (2 lb) box of meatballs on sale for $4.97, regular price $7.97. This works out to $2.49 per pound at the sale price. Homemade meat balls made by grinding your own meat using a shank roast or other cut of beef on sale can be considerably lower than that price per pound. Unlike store bought meatballs, my homemade version contain no fillers.
When I make meatballs, I don't use any fillers. Any seasonings I do use, I keep to a minimum so the meatballs can be used in a variety of dishes. I used 4.5 lb of lean ground beef for this batch. The binder I prefer is cold milk. The milk tenderizes the meatballs without adding much in the way of flavour. I used a little garlic pepper as a seasoning. The screen on top of the mixing bowl is a splatter guard available at kitchen outlets and many department stores. Meatballs can be fried, baked or boiled but my opinion is frying gives the best results. I used the larger of my new Paderno EcoPan ceramic coated frypans. My gosh, as a non-stick surface these fry pans are a dream to work with without the worry of PFOA and PTFF off-gassing of other non-stick cookware.
I use a meatball former for consistent sized meatballs. Larger meatballs can be made by hand but you have to work quickly to prevent warming the meatballs before putting them into the fry pan.
home canned or frozen for later use.
Without a lot of added seasoning the meatballs can be used in any dish ranging from soups and pastas to a wide variety of meatball appetizers. Just pour the frozen meatballs into your slow cooker then add desired sauce and heat. Serve right from the slow cooker for a Superbowl party. Just add a slotted spoon and toothpicks so guests can help themselves. I have a football theme slow cooker just perfect for this type of presentation. I'm planning on using a honey-garlic sauce on the meatballs for the Superbowl party.